sport news Shaquille O'Neal 'wants people - especially those in the public eye - to learn' ... trends now

sport news Shaquille O'Neal 'wants people - especially those in the public eye - to learn' ... trends now
sport news Shaquille O'Neal 'wants people - especially those in the public eye - to learn' ... trends now

sport news Shaquille O'Neal 'wants people - especially those in the public eye - to learn' ... trends now

Shaquille O'Neal wants people to appreciate their families and avoid the mistakes he made that cost him his, a confidant for the NBA legend told the New York Post.

In a recent podcast with Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, the 51-year-old NBA on TNT co-host confessed to 'dumba** mistakes' in his marriage that he now regrets: 'I lost my whole family. I'm in a 100,000-square-foot house by myself.'

A friend of O'Neal's doubled down on the remarks to the Post on Wednesday.

'The point I was trying to make is that I want other people to learn from the mistakes that I made,' the anonymous friend told the Post. 'You get married, you make vows and you should be thankful for what you have. Stay with it. I want people, especially those in the public eye, to learn from me.

'He is telling people to live in the present and care about their families because they can't be replaced,' the friend added.

Shaunie O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal celebrate Shareef O'Neal's 18th birthday party in 2018

Shaunie O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal celebrate Shareef O'Neal's 18th birthday party in 2018

O'Neal and Shaunie divorced in 2011 after nine years of marriage. The couple has four children

O'Neal and Shaunie divorced in 2011 after nine years of marriage. The couple has four children

Shaquille O'Neal also offered some advice to Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce (pictured)

Shaquille O'Neal also offered some advice to Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce (pictured)

As for O'Neal supposedly sitting alone in a 100,000-square foot home, another source tells the Post that's not exactly the case. 

'Maybe at some point, when he was living in his large home in Orlando, soon after the split from his wife, he was alone,' the source said. 

Rathe, the source continued, O'Neal is primarily concerned with his growing business empire. 

'He works so hard; he's so busy,' the source said. 'He has a great work ethic and is focused on being successful. I think he believes that you need to make hay while the sun is shining. And right now the sun is shining. He doesn't give himself the downtime that other successful people do.' 

O'Neal did not elaborate on his specific mistakes during his nine-year marriage with Shaunie, who is mother to four of his six children.

Shaquille and Shaunie O'Neal pose with two of their sons as they watch the 3-Point Shootout

Shaquille and Shaunie O'Neal pose with two of their sons as they watch the 3-Point Shootout

However, O'Neal was accused of infidelity by his late teammate Kobe Bryant, who was being facing sexual assault allegations himself 21 years ago in Colorado when he shared details about Shaq's alleged affairs with police.

'I should have done what Shaq does,' Bryant allegedly told police in 2003.

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