Shaq Tries to Clear Up “Respectful Cheater” Comment, Says He’s a Better Man Now

Rucuss staffDecember 7, 2011

Shaquille O’Neal is in love.

And the former NBA player will do whatever it takes to prove it to his girlfriend Hoopz. He’s even trying to justify his comments of being a ‘respectful cheater’ that he made in an interview when discussing his new book “Shaq Uncut: My Story.” But Shaq claims he’s a changed man now.

Shaq came under heavy scrutiny when he sat down with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts and discussed the book and talked about his 2009 divorce from Shaunie O’Neal last month. During the interview he said he was a respectful cheater.

Shaq also said in his interview, “With so many options, a man is likely to sample. For many women, outside of that whole, “being faithful” thing, the biggest issue with cheating is the public humiliation of it all. The guys that learn how to keep those indiscretions in the dark, usually keep all parties happy.”

Shaq Shows Off House, Says He Was A Respectful Cheater When He Was Married

In an excerpt from the book he said:

“At one time my ex-wife Shaunie and I were happy, but I admit it–I was a guy. I was a guy with too many options. Choosing to be with some of those women, well, that’s on me. In my mind, I never did it disrespectfully, but obviously I  shouldn’t have done it all.”

“You know as well as I do relationships are about maintaining… It wasn’t the  big stuff, it was the small stuff, and that’s my fault. I had things to do. I  was trying to win, trying to make some money. I admit I wasn’t the best partner.  I just didn’t know how. I’m learning now.”

O’Neal recently did an interview while on his book tour where he sat down with Hip Hollywood to clear up exactly what he meant by those statements.

On what he meant by being a respectful cheater:
It means growing up I was never taught how to be a boyfriend so the way I came into the relationship game, I  just showed up and it was there. I wasn’t an expert when I got into that but you have to learn from our trails and tribulations. She’s a wonderful woman. A very smart woman and we talk every now and then but I’m a better man now. Sometimes you have to learn from your mistakes.

On what he thinks about the Basketball Wives:
It’s smart and I wish all those women well.

Check out the interview below.

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