Black news site EURWeb.com is reporting that basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal is taking full responsibility for the failure of his marriage to Shaunie. In his new book, “Shaq Uncut: My Story,” the well-loved player brought new insights to the public about the playing around he did on his former wife of several years, Shaunie O’Neal. It is rare for a man in the limelight to go into details about the end of an important relationship. It is even more interesting for Shaq to admit that he is to blame for losing his former lady love over having affairs. He must really miss her! According to EUR Web:
Shaq wrote, “At one time my ex-wife Shaunie and I were happy, but I admit it—I was a guy. I was a guy with too many options. Choosing to be with some of those women, well, that’s me. In my mind, I never did it disrespectfully, but obviously I shouldn’t have done it at all.”
Shaunie, the creator of the popular show “Basketball Wives,” hired a private investigator to get all the details of Shaq’s moves.
They discovered Shaq’s sexting and uncovered his mistress, Vanessa Lopez, who eventually sued him for harassing her after their affair.
Shaunie filed for divorce and was granted custody of the children.
Of course, Shaunie was not exactly the shy and retiring wife playing the victim while Shaq was messing around. Rumor has it that after it became clear that her husband was not being faithful, Shaunie engaged in some affairs of her own. It is also alleged that she very intelligently began to hide assets — “stacking chips” if you will — in order to protect herself financially in case the marriage did not work out in her favor. While not totally above board, it is understandable that Shaunie would engage in such practices if her husband had violated the trust implicit in a marriage.
Despite these suspicious acts, now that Shaunie has moved on and become a successful reality TV producer she is respected as an independent woman in her own right. Having moved on to a reality TV star best known as “Hoopz,” why is Shaq still talking about his beautiful and very savvy ex-wife? Is he just trying to sell books with juicy quotes? I don’t know.
Sure, Hoopz is cute and all, but Shaunie is the total package. I wonder how Shaq’s current love feels knowing that her man very likely regrets ever having lost his ex. It’s funny, but Hoopz kind of even looks like Shaunie…
Alexis Garrett Stodghill is the senior editor of MadameNoire.com. Follow her on Twitter: @lexisb
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