In reply to Ime Udoka drama, Shaquille O’Neal admits he was a serial cheater: “I’m never the guy that’s gonna get up here and fake it.”

Shaquille O’Neal admits he was a serial cheater in responded to Ime Udoka scandal.

Shaquille O’Neal was a serial cheater

serial cheater
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After being caught having an affair with one of a female staff member of other team, the Celtics coach was given a one-year postponement from the head, with the possibility of being fired entirely.

Shaquille O’Neal, NBA legend, dropped an unexpected take on the Ime Udoka scandal on a recent episode of ‘The BIG Podcast.’

Instead of condemning or mocking Udoka, O’Neal expressed sympathy with him and used the chance to talk about his own history of infidelity.

“I’m going to step down from this conversation,” Shaq said. “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.”

“I just wish that certain parties weren’t involved,” he added. “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.”

Udoka does, however, have some supporters. Aside from O’Neal, several prominent voices have argued in favor of Udoka, including Nick Young, who gave a rather candid explanation for the affair.

“It doesn’t matter about the woman,” said Nick Young. “I think men just get bored sometimes, and things happen when you get bored.”

In the meantime, Udoka’s future is anything but certain. Even after a stellar season, this scandal could be the end of his career.

In the end, it’s a circumstance that clearly goes far beyond basketball. Udoka’s life is on the line here, and you can bet the Celtics will make sure they have all of the facts before deciding on Udoka’s fate.

About Shaquille O’Neal

Career highlights and awards
  • 4× NBA champion (2000–2002, 2006)
  • 3× NBA Finals MVP (2000–2002)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (2000)
  • 15× NBA All-Star (1993–1998, 2000–2007, 2009)
  • 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2000, 2004, 2009)
  • 8× All-NBA First Team (1998, 2000–2006)
  • 2× All-NBA Second Team (1995, 1999)
  • 4× All-NBA Third Team (1994, 1996, 1997, 2009)
  • 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2000, 2001, 2003)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1993)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1993)
  • 2× NBA scoring champion (1995, 2000)
  • 2× IBM Award (2000, 2001)
  • NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th)
  • No. 34 retired by Los Angeles Lakers
  • No. 32 retired by Miami Heat
  • Associated Press Player of the Year (1991)
  • UPI Player of the Year (1991)
  • Adolph Rupp Trophy (1991)
  • 2× Consensus first-team All-American (1991, 1992)
  • 2× SEC Player of the Year (1991, 1992)
  • NCAA blocks leader (1992)
  • NCAA rebounding leader (1991)
  • No. 33 retired by LSU Tigers
  • FIBA World Championship MVP (1994)
  • USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1994)
  • McDonald’s All-American Game Co-MVP (1989)
  • First-team Parade All-American (1989)
  • Texas Mr. Basketball (1989)