Entertainment Sports Shaquille O'Neal Makes 'Wonderful' Kobe Bryant Tribute at Pre-Super Bowl Bash Along with Kevin Hart Guests at Michael Rubin's Fanatics Super Bowl party were all given Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers jerseys as they celebrated the late player's life By Linda Marx Linda Marx Instagram Twitter Linda Marx is a longtime contributor to PEOPLE in the areas of entertainment, politics, sports, fashion, design, travel and business. She is an internationally syndicated writer and columnist, and a regular writer for a variety of publications on subjects like culture, design, profiles, politics, pets, business, travel, sports, fashion, lifestyle, humor and art. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 2, 2020 12:45 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Still mourning the death of his friend Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal put on a smile on Saturday afternoon at Michael Rubin’s Fanatics Super Bowl party in Miami Beach. Dressed in all black and wearing dark sunglasses on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Miami Beach, O’Neal, 47, was spotted walking through a crowd of 1500 people who attended Michael Rubin’s Fanatics Super Bowl party behind the Loews hotel. The basketball star and TNT analyst has been so devastated that his friends weren’t sure he would make it to the Super Bowl festivities. “I was with Shaq yesterday, and he remained just hurt,” Van Jones, CEO of Reform Alliance and a national news commentator, told PEOPLE during the Fanatics party. “He was walking like an 80-year-old man, yet saying good things to all of the people who wanted to hang around him. He tried to be upbeat but he is hurt. He is really hurt.” Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images Shaquille O’Neal Donating Proceeds from Super Bowl Party to the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation Towering over most of the Fanatics guests, including JAY-Z, Dwyane Wade, former NFL star Emmitt Smith, Dr. Oz and Nick Lachey, O’Neal was polite, friendly and attempting to smile as he made his way through the throngs of sports fans to prepare for his tribute to Bryant. During the party, which featured performances by The Chainsmokers, Swizz Beatz, Post Malone and Migos, O’Neal gave a lovely tribute to Bryant. “The tribute was long but not somber, Shaq did not tear up,” a party guest who heard the tribute told PEOPLE. “He did a wonderful thing for Kobe, he talked about his guy.” The 1500 party guests were gifted beautiful Los Angeles Lakers jerseys in the appropriate yellow and purple colors with the name Bryant and No. 24. “I got a couple jerseys to take home to my children,” a Lakers fan said. ”We’re all still in shock.” Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Gianna Bryant’s Mamba Academy Teammates Attend Lakers’ First Game After Fatal Helicopter Crash Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Kevin Hart also gave a tribute to Bryant. “I just want to keep everybody in a positive, amazing place. Remember that we’re celebrating life today,” the comedian said. “If you love Kobe Bryant than today let’s put this positivity in the air.“ Following the deaths of her husband Kobe and daughter Gianna, Vanessa Bryant announced that the Mamba Sports Foundation set up a charity for the seven other victims of the helicopter crash: John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser and pilot Ara Zobayan. The NBA announced they would be making a $100,000 donation to the foundation in partnership with the National Basketball Players Association. O’Neal also said he would be donating the proceeds from his annual pre-Super Bowl party to the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation as well as to the families of the victims. If you would like to help the families of the victims of the crash, consider donating to the Mamba on Three Fund. Contributions to the Mamba Sports Foundation will help support youth sports.