‘Serial cheater’ Shaq conflicted on Ime Udoka-Nia Long scandal

Shaquille O’Neal is “going to step down” from conversations concerning the connection scandal involving Celtics coach Ime Udoka, citing his personal historical past.

Talking not too long ago on his “The Large Podcast with Shaq,” the 50-year-old NBA legend touched upon the controversy that rocked the league final week and noticed the Celtics droop the Udoka for the 2022-23 season after violating the franchise’s code of conduct over an alleged romance with a feminine member of the workforce’s employees.

“I’m going to step down from this dialog,” O’Neal mentioned, in response to NESN. “I used to be a serial cheater. It will be loopy and blasphemous for me to rise up right here and say, ‘Increase, increase, bam.’ I can’t try this. I do know these guys personally. I do know they’re going by loads as a result of I went by loads.”

Shaquille O'Neal, here in June 2022, recently addressed the scandal involving Celtics coach Ime Udoka on an episode of his podcast.
Shaquille O’Neal, right here in June 2022, not too long ago addressed the scandal involving Celtics coach Ime Udoka on an episode of his podcast.
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Celtics coach Ime Udoka, here during the NBA Finals in June, has since been suspended for the 2022-23 NBA season.
Celtics coach Ime Udoka, right here throughout the NBA Finals in June, has since been suspended for the 2022-23 NBA season.
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Udoka, who helped lead the Celtics to an NBA Finals berth final season, is claimed to have engaged in an “improper and consensual relationship” with a feminine staffer. The 45-year-old head coach has been in a relationship with actress Nia Lengthy since 2010 and collectively, have a younger son.

O’Neal added on his present that he’s identified Lengthy, 51, “for a very long time.”

“I simply want that sure events weren’t concerned,” O’Neal mentioned. “I’ve identified Nia Lengthy for a very long time and I like her. … They’re going by lots of household stuff. I’m by no means the man that’s gonna rise up right here due to my platform and faux it.”

Nia Long and Ime Udoka in Feb. 2017.
Nia Lengthy and Ime Udoka in Feb. 2017.
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Within the wake of Udoka’s suspension, Lengthy launched an announcement Friday by which she expressed gratitude for the “outpouring of affection and help.”

“The outpouring of affection and help from household, pals and the group throughout this tough time means a lot to me,” Lengthy mentioned in an announcement to Leisure Tonight. “I ask that my privateness be revered as I course of the latest occasions. Above all, I’m a mom and can proceed to concentrate on my youngsters.” 

O’Neal himself has been candid about previous missteps, notably the demise of his marriage to Shaunie O’Neal.

Shaquille O'Neal and Shaunie O'Neal in July 2007.
Shaquille O’Neal and Shaunie O’Neal in July 2007.
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Throughout an April look on “The Pivot Podcast,” O’Neal mentioned he “wasn’t defending her and defending these vows.”

“Typically if you reside that double life, you get caught up. I’m not going to say it was her. It was all me,” he mentioned.

O’Neal and Shaunie wed in 2002 and separated 5 years later. Though they briefly reconciled, Shaunie filed for divorce in 2009 with the break up being finalized in 2011.

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