Shaquille and Shaunie O'Neal's son reveals he will undergo heart surgery

Monica Otayza
Sep 28, 2018
10:47 A.M.

Shaquille and Shaunie O'Neal's son Shareef is sitting out of the UCLA men's basketball team for his first year due to a "serious heart issue" that needs him to undergo surgery and extensive rest.


Shareef told TMZ Sports during an interview that the undisclosed health issue was discovered by doctors at UCLA, and will require surgery immediately to avoid any further damage to his heart.


However, he assures his fans that the condition is not life-threatening, nor is it career-ending. He expects to make his debut on the court for the Bruins yet again in the future, once he has fully recovered.


After the news broke out on the internet, the Bruin made sure to release a statement of his own on Twitter, thanking God that he is alive today. Now that the doctors have discovered something in his heart, continuing to play for the rest of his freshman year could have taken his life.

The UCLA Basketball Team recently announced that O'Neal will be taking a medical redshirt season, but will continue to take classes during this academic year.


"Recently I found out I had a serious heart issue ... I am very blessed to be here living today, one of those moments on the court could’ve been my last breathe .. I will not be able to participate in sports this year but I will be back in no time ..."


Shareef is one of Shaq's three sons with Shaunie O'Neal, and although he has been making his own name in the basketball world, he has first been accompanying his dad to numerous NBA events.

Now that his entrance to the world of collegiate basketball has been put to a quick stop, this is just a minor roadblock that's gotten in the way. Definitely, Shareef is still one of the most promising young basketball stars of their generation, and it's not because he is Shaquille O'Neal's son; it is because he has proven himself to be worthy of being called that title.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Ryan O'Neal Laid to Rest Next to the Love of His Life, Farrah Fawcett - Inside the Intimate Ceremony

December 26, 2023

Ryan O’Neal Still Had Farrah Fawcett’s Portrait above His Bed — Pics of His Life in Home Where He Lived with 2 Dogs

April 29, 2024

Ryan O'Neal Was Helped into His Car in His Last Public Appearance – Inside His Final Days

December 11, 2023

Tatum O’Neal Breaks Silence After Losing Dad Ryan O’Neal, Who 'Meant the World' to Her

December 11, 2023

Ryan O'Neal Blamed His Daughter for Farrah Fawcett's Death — They Found Strength to Reunite Before His Death

December 12, 2023

Ryan O'Neal's 4 Kids: Two Were Raised with 'No Food', While One Became Oscar-Winner

April 30, 2024

Farrah Fawcett’s ‘Love of Her Life’ Ryan O’Neal Was Single 14 Years after Her Death & until He Took His Last Breath at 82

December 11, 2023

O'Neal Reveal Details of His Late Father's January Memorial : 'It Will Be Amazing'

December 29, 2023

What Happened to Robby Benson Who Hid His Heart Problem from His Colleagues in Fear of Hurting His Career?

January 29, 2024

Farrah Fawcett Set Strict Parameters for Inheritance Use by Ginger-Haired Son with Ryan O'Neal – Details

April 27, 2024

Ryan O'Neal Has Died at 82: 'Heartbroken' Son Speaks Out After Losing 'Hero' Father

December 11, 2023

This Guy ‘Looks Nothing Like’ His Hollywood Twin Brother Who Wanted to Give Him His Heart When He Had Weeks to Live

November 11, 2023

King Charles & Other Royal Family Members Affected by Cancer: 3 Have Passed Away

February 08, 2024

King Charles, 75, Issues His First Public Statement since Cancer Diagnosis

February 08, 2024