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Shaquille O'Neal Seemingly Suggests Stevie Wonder Is Not Really Blind as He Recounts Elevator Encounter

Manuela Cardiga
Dec 22, 2019
10:00 A.M.

Shaquille O'Neal stuns his co-hosts on "Inside The NBA" with a story about blind Motown legend, Stevie Wonder.

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Shaquille O'Neal revealed to his co-hosts on "Inside The NBA" on December 12, 2019, that he has serious doubts about Motown legend Stevie Wonder's blindness.

Shaq told a hilarious anecdote that supports his suspicions about the singer.

Stories about Stevie supposedly being sighted abound, with a "truther" conspiracy growing around "proof" like Shaq's

Basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal on "Inside The NBA"/ Source: Getty Images

Basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal on "Inside The NBA"/ Source: Getty Images

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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL DOUBTS STEVIE WONDER'S BLINDNESS

Shaq recounted an encounter he had with Stevie in an elevator in a building in Wiltshire.

According to Shaq, he was waiting for the elevator when the lobby door opened and Stevie walked in wearing his trademark dark glasses, and astounded the basketball legend by greeting him cheerily:

"'What's up, Shaq? How you doing, big dog?"

Stevie Wonder at Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration inFebruary 2019/ Source: Getty Images

Stevie Wonder at Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration inFebruary 2019/ Source: Getty Images

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According to Shaq, Stevie didn't just "recognize" and greet him, he also walked up to the elevator and unerringly pressed the button to summon it. Shaq said:

"'It's a true story. (...) Presses the button, gets off on his floor, goes to his room. I went and called every person I knew and told them this story. And they believed me."

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RUMORS ABOUT STEVIE WONDER'S BLINDNESS

Shaq is not the first to be stunned by the singer's uncanny ability to find his way around despite his blindness.

NBA legend Darryl Dawkins also thinks Stevie can see, since he nicknamed him "Chocolate Thunder." For Darryl, this is clear proof that Stevie has seen his legendary dunk...

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STEVIE WONDER - BLIND FROM BIRTH

Stevie was born six weeks premature and this resulted in retinopathy of prematurity, a condition in which the retinas to detach.

Stevie initially attended Fitzgerald Elementary School but after his first album was released at age 11, he enrolled in the Michigan School for the Blind.

Stories about Stevie supposedly being sighted abound, with a "truther" conspiracy growing around "proof" like Shaq's of the music icon's uncanny ability to recognize people.

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STEVIE WONDER SINGS ON "DANCING WITH THE STARS"

Stevie Wonder stepped out to support one of his 9 children at "Dancing WIth The Stars."

His son Mandla Morris, 13, performed the foxtrot with professional partner, Brightyn Brems as his beaming dad belted out his monster hit "Isn't She Lovely."

At the end of the performance, Mandla's big sister Aisha stepped out onto the stage to join their father.

Stevie wrote the song for Aisha - his first child - when she was born in 1975 and it became one of the most beloved songs of all time.

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