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Shaquille O’Neal speaking on the Ime Udoka scandal -“I was a serial cheater…I did it. I was the best at it”

Udoka's actions are clearly wrong, but O'Neal is right in saying that he can't really bash Udoka for doing something he did earlier in his life, and he offers an interesting outlook on the entire situation

The Ime Udoka suspension has rocked the NBA world. The Boston Celtics recently suspended Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season for having an intimate relationship with a female employee of the Celtics. Details on the whole situation have been vague at best, and the NBA world has been actively trying to find any information on the matter that they can in light of the suspension.

O'Neal relates to what Udoka is going through

While there is likely still a lot of information we don't know about Udoka's suspension, we do know that this suspension and investigation has resulted in him getting caught cheating on his fiance, actress Nia Long. Udoka has widely been criticized for his handling of the situation, and many people are confused as to why the Celtics' head coach would pull such a stunt.

One person who believes he can understand is Shaquille O'Neal. O'Neal hasn't been shy in admitting that he's cheated frequently throughout his life and has said on numerous occasions that he regrets it deeply. When speaking about Udoka's situation, O'Neal labeled himself as a "serial cheater" before saying that he hopes everyone involved in the ordeal finds resolution and doesn't lose their families in the same way that he did as a result of his cheating ways.

O'Neal provides an interesting perspective on the Udoka controversy

While pretty much everyone has come for Udoka's head here, and reasonably so, O'Neal takes a different route in addressing the situation. He realizes he's done similar things in the past and can't admonish Udoka for doing similar things. O'Neal admits now that cheating cost him a lot, and he hopes that the same doesn't happen to Udoka, although that doesn't seem likely to happen.

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Shaq always tries to keep it real when discussing the NBA, and he does so perfectly here. There's no sense supporting Udoka's actions, but O'Neal can't bash him for his actions either. Instead, he offers an outlook of its impact on his life and wishes happiness and resolution to all involved.

It's interesting to hear someone speak this way about the incident after the universal outpouring of negativity towards Udoka. O'Neal is straightforward with his prior mistakes and lays out the impact it has had on him. Unfortunately, it appears his message will likely make its way to Udoka too late, as the Celtics head coach could find himself in even more trouble if there is more information on this matter that the public doesn't know about yet.

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