Shaq, Gronk plan party to benefit social justice

Shaq, Gronk plan party to benefit social justice

Two sports legends with a reputation for getting down are teaming up to throw a party June 27 designed to raise funds and awareness for social justice.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski, who spent last season in retirement, and NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, said they teamed up to lighten the national mood while bringing attention to racism, social inequality and police brutality.

Shaq’s Fun House vs. Gronk Beach virtual party will be the theme of “Party with a Purpose,” a virtual event that O’Neal said will help bring joy to those deeply impacted by police violence.

O’Neal and Gronkowski will be active participants in the party, engaging in a lip sync battle, chicken wing eating contest and a game of H-O-R-S-E.

“I’m 48 years old,” O’Neal said. “I haven’t seen the country unite like this to bring awareness to the issue. But now that the awareness is brought, the people that can make changes — the lawmakers — are the ones that are gonna have to get it done.”

DoorDash is sponsoring the event with a pledge to donate one meal for every livestream viewer, up to 1.25 million viewers.

The event touts headline performances by Snoop Dogg, DaBaby, Diplo, Steve Aoki and Carnage.

The full event can be viewed via live stream for free on with simulcast broadcasts on LiveXLive, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Twitch.

“We wanted to do it now with a purpose, and this is a purpose to raise money for great causes and to raise money for everything that’s going on out there,” Gronkowski said.