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Shaquille O’Neal on Ime Udoka: “I was a serial cheater”

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Shaquille O'Neal on Ime Udoka: "I was a serial cheater"
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Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal talked about Ime Udoka on “The Big Podcast with Shaq.” Per multiple reports, the Boston Celtics head coach cheated on Nia Long, his longtime fiancée.

Udoka was suspended for the entire 2022-23 season after allegedly having an affair with a woman within the organization. Shaq was asked about Udoka’s situation on the podcast.

Though, the four-time NBA champion refused to lecture others on cheating. “I’m going to stop this conversation,” O’Neal said on the show.

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“I was a serial cheater,” admitted Shaquille O’Neal. “It would be crazy and blasphemous for me to stand here and say, ‘Boom, boom, bam.’ I cannot do that, and I know these guys personally.”

“I know they’re going through a lot, because I’ve been through a lot.”

O’Neal married Shaunie Nelson on December 26, 2002. The couple has four children: Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, and Me’arah.

Shaquille O’Neal comments on Ime Udoka cheating on fiancée Nia Long

Additionally, the Lakers legend also has another daughter, Taahirah, from a past relationship with ex-girlfriend Arnetta Yardbourgh.

However, Shaunie divorced Shaquille O’Neal seven years later on November 10, 2009.

“I’m never the guy that’s going to get up here because of my platform and fake it,” continued Shaq. “I did it. I was the best at it. I’m not proud of it. I lost my family doing it and I lost valuable and important years with my children for doing it.”

“So, I refuse to get up here and be like, ‘You shouldn’t do this, you shouldn’t have done that.’ I’m not that guy. I’m real with the situation.”

Of course, Shaq was more than willing to lecture cheating men. Based on his own personal experiences, he said that there’s more to life than fame and money.

“The happiest days of my life were coming home and hearing six different people say ‘Daddy’. Happiest days of my life,” he explained.

“Forget the money, forget the cars, even forget the championships. When I lost those days, I was all the way down. When I lost that from being stupid it killed me.”

Shaquille O’Neal hopes viewers and fans will learn from his mistakes. Not to mention, Ime Udoka is in the same rough spot as well. Because this is the peak point of the social media era, Udoka will receive more heat for his actions.


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James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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