Shaq dresses like a bird and throws feathers everywhere after losing Super Bowl bet

A fair amount of people didn’t expect the Philadelphia Eagles to upset the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. You can count NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal among that group.

While most were pleasantly surprised when the Eagles pulled out the victory, Shaq was none too happy. It meant he had to pay up on a potentially embarrassing bet.

Turns out, Shaq is a man of his word. He paid up on his bet, though he did so in the most Shaq way possible.

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Yes, that is a seven-foot-one man dressed up in a rain poncho full of bird feathers running around an office while throwing bird feathers everywhere.

While Shaq deserves credit for paying up, it certainly feels like he found the most annoying way to do so. We’re not saying that in a bad way. It’s similar to the stories about a person paying off a $236 speeding ticket with pennies.

Shaq came through, but he didn’t make it easy for everyone else. The people in that video are going to find bird feathers in that office months from now.

It was entertaining, though. If nothing else, we briefly got to imagine what it would like if Shaq took on the role of Big Bird for a day. Honestly, we’re glad we stuck with basketball.

Shaq dressed up like an eagle after losing a bet. (Screenshot via @Shaq on Instagram)
Shaq dressed up like an eagle after losing a bet. (Screenshot via @Shaq on Instagram)

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