Shaquille O’Neal the 50-year-old four-time champion joined “The Pivot Podcast“ with Ryan Clark, Channing Crowder, and Fred Taylor this week.
During the talk, Co-host Channing Crowder had said to Shaq: “With the divorce – you had controlled your life forever. You couldn’t control that.” to which he replied, “No, I couldn’t“.
Referring to Shaq’s divorce from ex-wife Shaunie Nelson back in 2011, the 7-foot-1 Hall of Famer opens up about his marriage and blames himself for the breakdown of the relationship.
“It was all me,” Shaq said “We don’t need to talk about what I was doing, but I wasn’t protecting her and protecting those vows. “Sometimes you live that double life and get caught up. I’m not going to say it was her. It was all me.”
Shaquille had previously filed for divorce in 2007 but the couple reconciled, Two years later in 2009 Shaunie filed for divorce which was finalized in 2011.
Shaq currently works as a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA.
“I had the perfect situation,” Shaq told the hosts.
“Wife was finer than a mug. Kept giving me babies, still finer than a mug — I had it all.“
“She did exactly what she was supposed to do,” he said. “Take care of the kids. Take care of the house. Take care of corporate stuff. It was just all me.“
Shaquille kept on blaming himself for the situation. Nelson and O’Neal married in 2002 and went on to have four children. (O’Neal and Arnetta Yardbourgh have a daughter.) He also has a son from a prior relationship with Nelson.) In his 2011 book “Shaq Uncut: My Story,” co-authored by Jackie MacMullan, O’Neal discussed his thoughts regarding his connections and family.
One of O’Neal’s three major regrets is his divorce from the “Basketball Wives” star and executive producer, who is currently engaged to fiancée Keion Henderson.