Shaquille O'Neal to Pay for Funeral of Louisville Football Recruit Killed in Shooting

Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal / Bennett Raglin/Getty Images

Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal is known to use his platform for good, and he's at it again. This time, he's coming out in support of the family of Dexter Rentz. Rentz, a Louisville Cardinals football recruit, was shot and killed Saturday evening in Orlando.

O'Neal, who was drafted by the Orlando Magic in 1992 and took the NBA by storm, contacted Rentz's family after hearing about the tragedy. He volunteered to cover the young man's funeral expenses.

"This one hurts my heart" O'Neal said. "I wish things like this would never go on. It's just so sad, and I want to be able to help his family. I wanted to take care of it."

Shaq's pledge includes a horse and carriage and a custom-made casket. He also promised to pay for anything else Rentz's mother needs as she and her family navigate this terrible tragedy.

Rentz, who was a standout athlete on both the football team and the track and field team at Ocoee High School, had a promising career ahead of him at Louisville. Along with his athletic ability, Rentz was also an aspiring rapper.

It's encouraging to see Shaquille O'Neal continue to use his resources and influence to help families who are hurting. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dexter Rentz and his family at this most difficult of times.