Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most vocal and forthright figures in the basketball world. He is a ‘born entertainer’ and has successfully transitioned from an athlete to a pundit. The entire basketball world respects Shaq’s judgements and opinions. His antics in Inside the TNT are hilarious and cherished by the basketball community.
The latest news in the NBA world is the recent suspension of the Celtics head coach Ime Udoka. The Celtics suspended Udoka for the entire season for engaging in a consensual relationship with a female staff member. In light of recent events, during a recent episode on The Big Podcast with Shaq, one of Shaq’s co-hosts asked him to comment on this hot topic but he refused.
Shaquille O’Neal says he can relate to Ime Udoka, refuses to comment on recent controversy
The Big Diesel refrained from commenting as he admits he has also been in Udoka’s shoes. Morever, he confesses that he was a ‘serial cheater’ at the height of his basketball career. Shaq does not sympathize with him but acknowledges his feelings and what Udoka is going through right now. He states:
“I am going to step down from this conversation. I was a serial cheater. It would be crazy and blasphemous for me to get up here and say, ‘Boom, boom, bam.’ I can’t do that. I know these guys personally. I know they’re going through a lot because I went through a lot.”
Shaquille O’Neal felt compassionate for Udoka’s actress girlfriend Nia Long stating:
NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal opens up to broadcaster Taylor Rooks about the regrets he has in life:
“I live in a 30,000-square-foot house by myself. You don’t think I know I messed up?” pic.twitter.com/uYVDQFH22f
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“I just wish that certain parties weren’t involved. I’ve known Nia Long for a long time and I like her… They’re going through a lot of family stuff. I’m never the guy that’s gonna get up here because of my platform and fake it.”
Shaq went on to speak how his adultery affected his family and his children. O’Neal’s tone is filled with regret and his benevolence for Udoka:
Shaq opened up about the major regrets he has in life.
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“I did it. I was the best at it and not proud of it at all.” Shaquille O’Neal also mentioned his own family experience when explaining. He said, “I lost my family doing it. I lost valuable, important years of my children from doing it. … I’m not that guy. I’m real with the situation.”