Shaq and Shaunie
*Shaquille O’Neal recently came clean about his first marriage in his new memoir, “Shaq Uncut: My Story.”
O’Neal was married to Shaunie Nelson for several years and the two had four children, but the couple split in 2009 amid allegations of infidelity.
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.
Shaq is now in a relationship with Nikki “Hoopz” Alexander, who was featured on the VHI reality show “Flavor of Love” and “I Love Money.”
Shaq & Hoopz
The two make an eye-catching pair—Alexander is 5’1” to Shaq’s 7’1” towering frame.
Rumors recently surfaced that Shaq and Nikki recently eloped and that Shaq got married without a prenup, but those rumors have not been confirmed.
*Hmm, this looks to be real juicy or stanky, depending on your point of view.
Shaquille O’Neal has a new autobiography coming out on Nov. 15 called “Shaq Uncut: My Story.”
In the book, he details his beef with Kobe Bryant. If you’ve always wondered what caused the blow up between the two, he breaks it down for you. He tells how he threatened to kill Kobe for telling his business to reporter Jim Gray.
Check out some excerpts:
So I’m on edge because I don’t have a new deal, and Kobe is on edge because he might be going to jail, so we’re taking it out on each other. Just before the start of the ’03-’04 season the coaching staff called us in and said, “No more public sparring or you’ll get fined.” … Phil was tired of it. Karl Malone and Gary Payton were sick of it. … So what happens? Immediately after that Kobe runs right out to Jim Gray and does this interview where he lets me have it. He said I was fat and out of shape. He said I was milking my toe injury for more time off, and the injury wasn’t even that serious. (Yeah, right. It only ended my damn career.) He said I was “lobbying for a contract extension when we have two Hall of Famers playing pretty much for free.” I’m sitting there watching this interview and I’m gonna explode. Hours earlier we had just promised our coach we’d stop. It was a truce broken. I let the guys know, “I’m going to kill him.”
Kobe stands up and goes face-to-face with me and says, “You always said you’re my big brother, you’d do anything for me, and then this Colorado thing happens and you never even called me.” I did call him. … So here we are now, and we find out he really was hurt that we didn’t stand behind him. That was something new. I didn’t think he gave a rat’s ass about us either way. “Well, I thought you’d publicly support me, at least,” Kobe said. “You’re supposed to be my friend.”
Brian Shaw chimed in with “Kobe, why would you think that? Shaq had all these parties and you never showed up for any of them. We invited you to dinner on the road and you didn’t come. Shaq invited you to his wedding and you weren’t there. Then you got married and didn’t invite any of us. And now you are in the middle of this problem, this sensitive situation, and now you want all of us to step up for you. We don’t even know you.” …
Everyone was starting to calm down when I told Kobe, “If you ever say anything like what you said to Jim Gray ever again, I will kill you.”
Kobe shrugged and said, “Whatever.”
From that day on, I was done dealing with Kobe. I was done dealing with Jim Gray, too. What goes around, comes around. When he got fired, he actually had the nerve to call me and ask me to help him out. What, did you lose Kobe’s number?
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