Shaquille O’Neal says he would be a hypocrite if he criticized Ime Udoka and Adam Levine for being a serial scammer himself

Shaquille O’Neal has a message for the Boston Celtics coach I am Udoka and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levin.

Both men got caught up in cheating scandals around the same time. Last week, on September 19, Adam Levine, who is expecting his third child with his wife and Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo, was accused of having an extramarital affair with an Instagram model for over a year. Though Levine denied the cheating allegations, more women have come forward, claiming he had inappropriate relationships with them.

Shaquille O’Neal shares his thoughts on the Ime Udoka and Adam Levine cheating scandals. (Photo: @nbaontnt/YouTube)

Days later, on September 21, Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka made headlines when he faced a possible ban for violating the organization’s code of conduct after allegedly cheating on his fiancée Nia Long with a co-worker. Udoka, who was ultimately suspended for the 2022-2023 season, is said to have had an affair with the team’s travel agent, but the team have not shared any further details with the public.

On September 25, during an episode of “The Big Podcast with Shaq,” when asked about Udoka and Levine’s current situation, O’Neal revealed that he would not criticize the men for once standing in their shoes. O’Neal was married to Shaunie O’Neal from 2002 to 2009.

He said at Mark 27:05, “I will withdraw from this conversation, let me tell you why. I was a serial cheater. It would be crazy and blasphemous if I stood up here and said boom, boom, bam. I can’t, I know these guys personally, I know they’re going through a lot because I’ve been through a lot.”

The 50-year-old added that he felt remorse for those involved in the scandal, although he didn’t add his take on the situation.

O’Neal said: “I just wish certain parties weren’t involved. I’ve known Nia Long for a long time, I like her. I have known Adam [Levine] for a long time, and they’re going through a lot of family stuff.

While sharing his own experience, O’Neal added, “But I’m never the guy who comes up here because of my platform and fakes it. I did it. You know I was the best at it. I’m not proud of it, I lost my family in the process. I lost precious important years of my children [life]. So I refuse to stand up here and say, ‘You shouldn’t have done this, you shouldn’t have done that.’ I’m not that type.”

When asked by his co-host Nischelle Turner if cheating was worth it, O’Neal said it wasn’t, claiming that cheating ruined the “happiest days” of his life that he had with his spent family.

“To answer your question, no, it’s not worth it, but let me tell you why the happiest days of my life have been coming home and hearing six different people say ‘Daddy, Daddy, Daddy.’ , the happiest days of my life. Forget the money, forget the cars, forget even the championships, especially when they were little, 2 and 3 and didn’t care that I missed 10, 15 free throws, they wait for me after the games. … These are the best days of my life. When I lost that, I was at the bottom.”

Towards the end of the segment, O’Neal shared the struggles he’s still going through since losing his family to his past infidelities. The list says he lives alone in a house he built for his six children.

He said: “Sometimes I’m still at the bottom, especially when I’ve been alone in my home in Orlando, which is 70,000 square feet. Nobody, I built the house for the kids, gym, playroom, pool house this and that, guest house, when I lost that because I was stupid, it killed me. To answer your question, no, it’s not worth it.”

O’Neal ended his speech by wishing Udoka and Levine well as they navigate this journey. The entrepreneur said: “I wish these two boys well, I wish they could pull through and I hope they don’t lose their families because of what has been done.” Shaquille O’Neal says he would be a hypocrite if he criticized Ime Udoka and Adam Levine for being a serial scammer himself

James Brien

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