NBA great Shaquille O’Neal has decided to maintain silence on the recent Ime Udoka scandal. Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka was suspended by the management for breaching the code of conduct. On the same note, the Hall of Famer decided not to comment on this incident on his ‘The Big Podcast with Shaq.’
Shaquille O’Neal said, “I am going to step down from this conversation. I was a serial cheater. It would be crazy and blasphemous for me to get up here and say, ‘Boom, boom, bam.’ I can’t do that. I know these guys personally. I know they’re going through a lot because I went through a lot.”
Shaq continued, “I just wish that certain parties weren’t involved. I’ve known Nia Long for a long time and I like her… They’re going through a lot of family stuff. I’m never the guy that’s gonna get up here because of my platform and fake it.” He added, “I did it. I was the best at it and not proud of it at all. I lost my family doing it. I lost valuable, important years of my children from doing it. … I’m not that guy. I’m real with the situation.”
What is Ime Udoka scandal?
The Boston Celtics suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-2023 NBA season after he had an intimate relationship with a team employee. The Celtics announced decided later that Udoka would be suspended for the entire 2022-2023 season and that a decision about his future with the Celtics team after this season concludes will be made later. Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will take over as head coach for the Celtics. The 34-year-old Mazzulla played college basketball at West Virginia and is with the NBA team Celtics since 2019.
Coach Ime Udoka made a statement through his Twitter account saying, “organization, and my family for letting situation, and I accept the team’s no further comments.” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski had reported about the news stating that the head coach was set to be disciplined by the team for an unspecified violation of conduct. The details were later broke out by Shams Charania of ‘The Atheletics.’