June 11, 2020
Shaunie O'Neal is best known as the creator of the hit reality show, "Basketball Wives," for which she drew on her experiences during seven years of marriage to basketball legend and sports analyst Shaquille O'Neal.
Shaunie says she understands the importance of support from others in the quest for career success and happiness in life, and she looks to encourage the development of these support systems via social media.
On Saturday, she shared an inspiring post on Instagram lamenting that women too often find it easier to criticize one another and bring each other down.
She then referred to the "negativity going around", in light of recent protests across the U.S and around the world against police brutality, particularly on POCs. O'Neal stated in the post:
"We are BLACK WOMEN!... We have felt the pain of NOT BEING HEARD, and we have decided to be deliberate about building others!"
She, then, urged other women to do "something positive" by posting one picture of themselves and tagging others to do the same. O'Neal tagged a few women herself, asking them to copy her caption and paste in their own posts.
Shaunie first came into the public eye when she started dating, Shaquille "Shaq" O'Neal in 1998. In what would be a very rocky romantic affair, the couple tied the knot in a secret ceremony in Beverly Hills, in 2002.
During their troubled marriage, Shaunie hired private investigators to track her husband due to his extramarital affairs.
Shaunie and Shaq were blessed with four children during their marriage, but the couple struggled as Shaq, who was in his second marriage, often engaged in extramarital affairs, causing friction between himself and his wife.
Shaq's infidelity strained their marriage as Shaunie reportedly had to hire private investigators to look into her husband's promiscuous life.
Shaunie herself wasn't free from scrutiny as she was later accused of having extramarital affairs of her own.The couple eventually separated, albeit briefly, in 2007 and were divorced in 2009.
The Hall-of-Famer later admitted in his memoir, "Shaq Uncut: My Memoir," that he wasn't a perfect partner as he didn't know how to be one, but he was learning gradually.
Shaunie has since taken custody of the couple's children, with Shaq providing spousal and child support.