Shaq, a "serial cheater," stays silent about the Ime Udoka affair.

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In light of his personal past, Shaquille O'Neal has decided to "step back" from discussions surrounding the Ime Udoka, the coach of the Boston Celtics, connection issue.

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Shaq

I had a history of lying. To stand here and declare "Boom, boom, bam" would be insane and blasphemous.

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I am unable to carry out such action. These guys I personally know. I am aware of their struggles since I also experienced many of them.

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Udoka, who last season assisted the Celtics in reaching the NBA Finals, is said to have had a "improper and consenting connection" with a female staff member.

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Since 2010, the 45-year-old head coach has been dating actress Nia Long. The two of them have a small kid.

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O'Neal stated that he had known Nia Long on his programme "for quite a while.

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Shaq

Since I've known Nia Long for a while, I like her. They are dealing with a lot of family issues.

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Because of my platform, I'll never be the person to stand here and act confident.

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After Udoka's suspension, Long issued a statement on Friday in which she thanked the "a flood of affection and assistance.

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Nia Long

It means a lot to me that my family, friends, and the community have shown me so much love and support at this trying time.

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Nia Long

As I contemplate the recent events, I kindly ask that my privacy be respected. I am a mother first and foremost, thus I will always put my kids first.

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O'Neal has been open about past errors, including the breakdown of his marriage to Shaunie O'Neal.

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O'Neal and Shaunie got married in 2002, however they subsequently divorced.

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Shaunie filed for divorce in 2009, and while they later reunited, the divorce was finally completed in 2011.

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