Shaquille O’Neal buys into Atlanta Krispy Kreme franchise

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2016, file photo, basketball Hall of Fame inductee Shaquille O'Neal speaks during induction ceremonies in Springfield, Mass. Krispy Kreme announced on Oct. 24, 2016, that O'Neal is now a part-owner of one of the company's locations in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2016, file photo, basketball Hall of Fame inductee Shaquille O'Neal speaks during induction ceremonies in Springfield, Mass. Krispy Kreme announced on Oct. 24, 2016, that O'Neal is now a part-owner of one of the company's locations in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

ATLANTA (AP) – Shaquille O’Neal may have a new addition to his ever-growing list of nicknames: “The Big Doughnut.”

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts says that the basketball Hall of Famer is an owner of one of its downtown Atlanta franchises. The company says O’Neal is an owner of the Krispy Kreme location on Ponce de Leon Avenue in the city.

O’Neal announced the news by tweeting out the Krispy Kreme logo with the message, “Ur favorite doughnut just got even HOTTER, baby.” Krispy Kreme is famous for its neon “hot doughnuts” sign announcing fresh treats.

O’Neal was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last month after a career that spanned 19 seasons.

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