Shaquille O’Neal takes the accountability for the end of his marriage to ex-wife Shaunie O’Neal.
The Newark, New Jersey-born star, appearing on an episode of The Pivot Podcast released Tuesday, said that he made critical mistakes in the relationship, that led to their divorce in 2009.
‘I don’t make excuses – I know I messed up,’ the former Los Angeles Laker, 50, told the program’s Ryan Clark, Channing Crowder and Fred Taylor. ‘Sometimes when you make a lot of mistakes like that you can’t really come back from that.’
The four-time NBA champion said he ‘had the perfect situation’ in his union with Shaunie, 47, who he tied the knot with in December of 2002.
‘I never talked about this, but I’m glad you guys asked me because I don’t mind talking about this,’ he said of the split. ‘But I was bad. She was awesome. She really was. It was all me.
‘We don’t need to talk about what I was doing but I wasn’t protecting her and protecting those vows, so sometimes when you live that double life, you get caught up. So I’m not gonna say it was her, it was all me.’
O’Neal said Shaunie ‘did exactly what she was supposed to do’ as a parent and spouse, adding, ‘Wife was finer than a mug. Kept giving me babies, still finer than a mug – I had it all.’
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Source: Daily Mail