‘Serial cheater’ Shaquille O’Neal won’t comment on Ime Udoka scandal due to his own infidelity

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal has acknowledged his own mistakes in discussing the Ime Udoka scandal, saying it would be ‘blasphemous’ for him to weigh in on the subject due to his previous infidelities.

Udoka was suspended by the Celtics for the entire 2021-22 season for a violation of team policies, reportedly a consensual intimate relationship with a female staff member, and faces the possibility of never coaching the team again.

But O’Neal, who has admitted to cheating on ex-wife Shaunie O’Neal, made it clear that he was not about to lecture Udoka for his actions.

‘I’m going to back out of this conversation,’ O’Neal said on ‘The Big Podcast with Shaq,’ according to NESN.

‘I was a serial cheater. It would be crazy and blasphemous for me to come up here and say, ‘Boom, boom, bam.’ I can’t do that. I know these guys personally. I know you’re going through a lot because I’ve been through a lot.

Shaquille O’Neal referenced his past mistakes and said he would “give up” on the Udoka talk

O’Neal married his ex-wife in 2002 before she filed for divorce in 2009.

And he admitted his past infidelities in his memoirs. Shaq Uncut: My Story which was released in 2011.

“There was a time when my ex-wife Shaunie and I were happy, but I admit it: I was a man. He was a guy with too many options,’ she wrote.

Choosing to be with some of those women, well, that’s up to me. In my mind, I never did it disrespectfully, but obviously I shouldn’t have done it all.”

Ime Udoka and Nia Long have been engaged since 2010 and share a son together

Ime Udoka and Nia Long have been engaged since 2010 and share a son together

Ime Udoka and Nia Long have been engaged since 2010 and share a son together

The couple have fathered their four children since they divorced, an arrangement that Shaunie told Tamron Hall was ‘great’ last year.

“You know as well as I do that relationships are about maintaining… It wasn’t the big things, it was the little things, and that’s my fault,” O’Neal wrote in his memoir.

‘I had things to do. She was trying to win, trying to make some money. I admit I wasn’t the best partner. I just didn’t know how. I’m learning now.

Udoka has been engaged to actress Nia Long since 2010 and the couple have a son together.

And Long, whom O’Neal said is known for “a long time” on his podcast, released a statement last week after news of Udoka’s suspension and reported relationship broke.

O'Neal has admitted to cheating on his ex-wife Shaunie, with whom he now co-parents.

O'Neal has admitted to cheating on his ex-wife Shaunie, with whom he now co-parents.

O’Neal has admitted to cheating on his ex-wife Shaunie, with whom he now co-parents.

“The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and community during this difficult time means the world to me,” Long emailed the boston globe.

‘I ask that my privacy be respected as I process recent events. Above all, I am a mother and I will continue to focus on my children.’

For his part, Udoka also shared a statement with ESPN.

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down,” he said.

I am sorry for putting the team in such a difficult situation and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.

According to the athleticsome Celtics members learned of Udoka’s relationship in July, and team leaders initially believed the relationship was consensual.

However, sources told the publication that the woman recently accused Udoka of making unwanted comments towards her, prompting the team to release internal interviews.

Joe Mazulla, a 34-year-old who served as the Celtics’ assistant last year, will be the interim coach for the 2022-23 season.

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