Divorced Shaquille O’Neal Gets Emotionally Honest About His Personal Life With 7 Word Message to His Younger Self

Published 08/08/2022, 8:30 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 23: Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal attends the unveiling of the Shaq Courts at the Doolittle Complex donated by Icy Hot and the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation in partnership with the city of Las Vegas on October 23, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Icy Hot)

As a center on the NBA court, Shaquille O’Neal was unstoppable. The Los Angeles Lakers legend defied the limits. However, the same can’t be said about his personal life, as Big Diesel has made some questionable decisions over the years. Now, as a clever, mature man, Shaq came to terms and had a message for his younger self.

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As one of the top athletes in the world, Shaq was extremely popular. However, the Big Diesel loves to have fun. He is always the life of the party. As a youngster, O’Neal was everywhere. He was always popular among women. However, while he conquered all his avenues, relationships haven’t been great for him.

AUSTIN, TEXAS – OCTOBER 24: Shaquille O’Neal walks on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on October 24, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

As an individual, Shaq is stubborn and competitive. But an emotional Shaq was very honest in one of his podcast episodes. Revealing his flaws, the Hall of Famer had a message for his younger self.

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Shaquille O’Neal looks back

Throughout his career, Shaq has been a man of grudges. Criticism doesn’t sit well with the Big Diesel. Even when Charles Barkley pulls his leg, the Lakers legend is quick to bring up his 4 rings. It seems the Big Diesel is the same when it came to his personal life. Looking back at a young Shaq, he spoke about the one piece of advice he would give himself.

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Shaq said: “I wish I was a better communicator. I wish I knew how to turn it off.” He continued saying, “While you are hurting, or you proceed to be hurting, you are hurting other people.”

Despite the failed relationships and mistakes, the LA legend has grown up. As a father, he is a teacher to his children and has never shied away from the role of mentoring his children. He has now found the right balance after learning some tough lessons.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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