He’s one of the biggest stars the basketball world has ever seen, so having Shaquille O’Neal contribute to televised coverage for esports is no small feat.
But … but what on earth is he doing?
The four-time NBA champion and star centre is currently helping out in the production for ELEAGUE, Turner Broadcasting’s televised Counter-Strike: Global Offensive venture.
The initial stages for the league’s inaugural season doesn’t kick off for a fortnight, with the first group featuring the five Australians that make up the CS:GO roster for Team Renegades.
In the meantime though, Turner needs a bit of content. It could be a promotional spot — it could be for some videos in-between matches. We’re not entirely sure, but we know it definitely involves Shaq dressing up in front of a green screen with a little hat and some army camo.
Shaq’s not taking esports for a joke, mind you. He announced himself as one of the investors in NRG Esports a couple of months ago, and it looks like he’s working on his gaming banter too.
— Stephen Ellis (@snoopeh) May 12, 2016
The first ELEAGUE games kick off on May 24 US time, with the first season running until July 30.