*As Shaquille O’Neal and his wife Shaunie head toward the final leg of their divorce, text messages sent by the NBA star to his alleged mistress Vanessa Lopez has suddenly emerged.
Radar Online uncovered the texts, which includes one from Lopez that says “will make sure I put on something very sexy for you.”
Shaq’s messages to Lopez aren’t anywhere near as X-rated as the ones Tiger Woods sent to Joslyn James. (Scroll down to view texts.) But they were apparently enough to send Shaunie sprinting toward a divorce lawyer.
A source close to Lopez told RadarOnline.com that Shaunie hired a private investigator to find the correspondence and after reading it she decided to file for divorce.
Lopez, who hired L.A. attorney Gloria Allred for her harassment lawsuit against O’Neal, claims her affair with the basketball star lasted five years (during his marriage to Shaunie) and ended badly when she thought she was pregnant with his baby.
She says Shaq began harassing her soon afterward, hiring a friend of his to fly to Orlando, Florida to track her down and frighten her into submission.
The below text messages, dated between Sept. 4 and Sept. 9 of 2009, were received on Lopez’s iPhone.
One of them dated Sept. 4 at 12:45am reads: Lopez: “I have always been good to you. I am a very private person. I never spoke about us to anyone. Ever! Don’t deserve that from you. I am not wining. I just miss you so settle down.” Shaq: “Well just say that then I’m a c u tomorrow.”
Another text, dated Sept. 6 at 12:28am reads: Lopez: “I hope you had a wonderful day! I wish you were here papi ;)” Shaq: “Tomorro” Lopez: “I will make sure I put on something very sexy for you ;)”
And another, dated Sept. 7 at 12:01am reads: Shaq: “Hey baby I’m still wit da babies. I’m sorry I’m a c u when I get bak” Lopez: “I think you are such an amazing person inside and out. I truly wish you the best in life. No one deserves it more than you.” Shaq: “Thanks baby I will make it up to u”