Mother Lucille’s Crucial Lesson That Stopped Shaquille O’Neal From Trashing Ex-Wife Shaunie

Published 05/02/2022, 7:30 PM EDT

Shaquille O’Neal shared an important life lesson from his mother, Lucille O’Neal, in the latest episode of ‘The Big Podcast with SHAQ’. In the episode, ‘The Big Bacon’, Shaq, Nischelle, and Spice Adams discussed a lot of things. 

At one moment, Nischelle asked about Shaq’s guest appearance in another podcast. She asked about Shaq’s comments about his ex-wife in that podcast. Shaq admitted that the host of the show was trying to provoke him into attacking his ex-wife. But Shaq said that he will never do that. 

He said, “We already got too many people attacking these beautiful young sisters. You know how momma Lucille ain’t having that.”. And NFL veteran Spice Adams agreed. 


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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: Shaquille O’Neal appears to promote “Toys for Tots” during the AOL BUILD Series at AOL HQ on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)

The Lakers legend also said that a man’s real job is to protect, provide and love his family. And that everything he had said is true. He admitted that he had a perfect life, but he himself messed it up. Shaq also said that after losing games, he would go home and that he would be hard to deal with. 

What you need to know about Lucille O’Neal

Lucille O’Neal is a mother of 4 children, Lateefah, Jamal, Ayesha, and Shaquille. And she has fourteen grandchildren. But she’s much more than that. She is an American doctor, author, and spokesperson. She has also been the president of the Mothers of Professional Basketball Players Association.


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After raising her children for 30 years, Lucille resumed her studies in an Adult Education Program at Bethune-Cookman University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in June 2003. Then she completed her graduate program in Master of Arts in Organizational Management at the University of Phoenix in March 2005.

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In 1992, Lucille moved to Florida, where she contributed to the development of the SHAQ NETWORK as the CEO. She also managed the day-to-day operations of the first official Shaquille O’Neal Fan Club until October 2003.


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Shaquille O’Neal and Shaunie

Shaquille O’Neal married Shaunie in December 2002. After 5 years of marriage, they separated and reconciled shortly after. But it didn’t last long as Shaunie filed for divorce in 2009.


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The couple has four children. Their first child, Shareef, was born on January 11, 2000. Then Amirah was born on November 13, 2001. Their third Shaqir was born on April 19, 2003. And the fourth child, Me’arah, was born on May 1, 2006. Shaunie also has one son from a previous relationship, Myles. O’Neal has a daughter named Taahirah born on July 19, 1996, from a previous relationship with his ex-girlfriend Arnetta Yardbourgh.

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Bagavathi Eswaran

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Bagavathi Eswaran is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been playing the game of basketball for more than 20 years now and has also been following the NBA for more than 10 years. After not being able to go pro, this former college player decided to join the IT industry.