Shaquille O’Neal reveals depression phase, how he ruined his marriage and regrets with Kobe

aOne of the most dominant legends on the field in NBA history was without a doubt Shaquille O’Nealformer Los Angeles Lakers Centerwho currently remains one of the most important figures in the league, either for his legacy or for his present as an entrepreneur and television host.

However, the former player also from teams like Orlando Magic or Cleveland CavaliersContrary to the rude image he conveys at times as well as his comedic side, this time he opened his heart by making a series of confessions about his 2009 divorce from Shawnee Nelson.

Shaq’s divorce from Shawnee Nelson

Shaq decided on a visit to The Pivot Podcast to talk brutally and honestly about how he was affected by his breakup with Shaunie, as well as how he dealt with being separated from his family and at some point in his life he found himself alone, despite the luxurious life he is enjoying thanks to his basketball successes.

“I had the perfect situation, wife was thinner than a cup, she kept giving me children, and still finer than a cup. I had it all, and I don’t make excuses. I know I made a mistake. When I didn’t have that… I lost. 76,000 square feet on your own, it’s lost…you’re starting to feel it,” O’Neill told hosts Ryan Clark, Channing Crowder and Fred Taylor.

Nelson and O’Neill married in 2002 and the couple had four children, Sharif, Amira, Shaker and Maarah, but in 2007 they separated although they resolved their issues shortly thereafter. However, in 2009 Shawnee filed for divorce and in 2011 ended the process, citing “irreconcilable differences”.

O’Neal regrets Kobe and Hardaway

In addition to his divorce from Shaunie, O’Neal revealed that the other two unfortunate people in his life were the relationships on a professional and personal level that he failed to maintain with his former co-workers. Kobe Bryant and Benny Hardaway.

“Fatal mistake in my relationship. Huge mistake in Kobe’s relationship, I was arrogant, I was stupid, but sometimes when you do a lot of things, you don’t want to work on these things. Those are the only three major regrets I feel,” Shack said.