The case involving Ime Udoka in Boston continues to be emulated, with the most famous observers in the league giving their opinion on the case. However, Shaquille O’Neal was keen to set the record straight, when it comes to his own opinion. It’s all to his credit.
No doubt about it, the Celtics would have gladly done without such a nasty controversy, as the 2022-23 season starts in less than a month. But because of the scandal that erupted around their coach Ime Udoka, Jayson Tatum and his teammates found themselves in the middle of a hell of a quagmire. Former Spurs assistant Gregg Popovich has been suspended for the whole of the upcoming campaign, and according to a former player, the case will be much worse than one might think.
That being said, if the rumors have been of a behavior close to the illegality of the tactician, the fact remains that he was originally unfaithful to his wife Nia Long. A choice that puzzled many fans and observers, and Udoka was logically destroyed in the process. However, Shaquille O’Neal refuses to adopt such a discourse, as he explained during his podcast. Not because he is on the side of the accused, but because he feels he has no legitimacy on the subject:
Shaq refuses to criticize Udoka because of his background
“I was a serial cheater… I did it. I was the best and I’m not proud of it. I lost my family doing it. I lost precious and important years of my kids doing it.”
Shaquille O’Neal talks about the Ime Udoka situation 🗣pic.twitter.com/QfV2I0JMJH
—ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) September 28, 2022
I will withdraw from this conversation. I was a serial cheater. It would be crazy and blasphemous for me to attack him for what he did. I can not do that. I know these guys personally. I know they’re going through a lot because I’ve been through a lot. I have known Nia Long for a long time and I like her. They went through a lot of family issues. I’m never the guy who’s gonna give voice here because of my platform and pretend.
It’s hard to prove the Hall of Famer wrong, as he actually got publicized for his own infidelity during his career. If he had a total of six children with several different women, it is not without reason and for that, he does not think he has a say in the matter. He also continued by admitting that he regretted his past behavior, especially vis-à-vis his offspring. The opportunity to make a rather touching mea culpa:
I did it. I was the best at it and I’m not proud of it at all. I lost my family because of this. I lost precious and important years of my children because of this. And no, it’s not worth it. The happiest days of my life were when I came home and heard the kids say, “Dad! Father ! Forget the money, forget the cars. Forget even titles, especially when they were small. When I lost those days, I was at rock bottom.
If he obviously does not condone the infidelity of Ime Udoka, Shaq recognizes that he is very badly placed to judge the former Celtics coach. The Big Diesel itself has “shone” in this area over the years, and therefore refrains from passing judgment on this matter.