As UFOs continue to gain worldwide attention, it appears that basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal has gained comfort in expressing his belief and sharing his UFO experience.
O'Neal appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday, May 17, 2021, and held nothing back when discussing the potential of otherworldly visitors.
To start the interview, Kimmel brought up the recently aired 60 Minutes UFO segment and said, "I feel like it's not getting as much attention as it should."
Kimmel then asked Shaq his thoughts on UFOs and "what's going on." Much to Kimmel's surprise, Shaq told a story he's never shared with anyone else.
Shaq starts by stating, "I totally believe in UFOs!" O'Neal claims that he saw a "flying saucer come down with all the lights, and it was spinning" in Madera, California, in 1997.
Shaq says he was on a double date with a close friend when they looked up and witnessed a large craft above them and saw it suddenly take off.
Shaq says, "everything happened in less than 5 seconds." He further describes his encounter by saying, "I know that it was a UFO; I don't care what anybody says."
O'Neal says he's never told the story before in fear of others thinking he was crazy.
Kimmel goes on to say, "I think that's part of the problem. Anytime anyone shares a UFO story, people think they're crazy." Again Kimmel mentions the UFO segment from 60 Minutes, which featured two Navy pilots (Cmdr. Dave Fravor and Lt. Cmdr. Alex Dietrich), who witnessed the now famous 2004 "Tic Tac" incident as part of the USS Nimitz Strike Group.
Shaquille O'Neal has often been compared to an alien for his 7' 1" stature and seemingly extraterrestrial abilities on the basketball court. Having encountered what he believes to be a "flying saucer," Shaq seems unbothered as to whether or not others believe him. He knows what he saw.