In December 2002, Shaquille O’Neal married to his longtime girlfriend, Shaunie Henderson, in an intimate ceremony that Lucille O’Neal, the basketball player’s mother, described as “the event of a lifetime,” according to People. The couple briefly split in 2007, only to reconcile shortly after. And then in 2009, Henderson filed for legal separation, citing irreconcilable differences, as reported by TMZ.
The retired NBA player later opened up about the eventual divorce in his 2011 memoir, “Shaq Uncut: My Story,” admitting infidelity and other shortcomings. “At one point my ex-wife Shaunie and I were happy, but I’ll admit it: he was a man,” he wrote (via huff pole). “I was a guy with too many options. Choosing to be with some of those women, well, that’s up to me. In my mind, I never did it in a disrespectful way, but obviously, I shouldn’t have done it all.”
And while it might not have been public knowledge at the time of their divorce, Henderson was apparently furious after learning of O’Neal’s affairs. “And I went into the arena and I went into that garage, I didn’t just get flat tires, I broke some windows, I wrote on the hood [of his car], ‘I cheated on my wife. I ain’t shit, ‘with a knife,’ she revealed herself on an episode of “Basketball Wives” (via BET).
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