True Stories Of Dumbassery: Shaq Turned Down $27 Million Starbucks Deal Because ‘Black People Don’t Drink Coffee’
If you're like me, you love famous folks or companies who turned down lucrative, career-changing opportunities for stupid, short-sighted reasons. Here are some of my favorites:
* Al Pacino turned down the roles of Han Solo in Star Wars, Martin Sheen's role in Apocalypse Now, a role in The Usual Suspects, and the lead in Pretty Woman. And Michael Keaton turned down Bill Murray's role in Groundhog Day, saying of the script "I just didn't get it."
* M&M's (Mars, Inc.) turned down the chance to be the candy featured in ET: The Extra-Terrestrial, so they went with Reece's Pieces instead.
* Shaquille O'Neil turned down the chance to bring Starbucks to the black community. Here he is explaining his decision to reporter Graham Bensinger recently, saying that he told Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: "Black people don't drink coffee, sir."
Magic Johnson eventually took the deal and made about $27 million.
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