The Miami Herald reports Wednesday that Heat C Shaquile O’Neal has filed for divorce from his wife of less than 5 years, Shaunie.
In the petition, Shaq refers to the Star Island mansion as “the former marital home.”
Shaunie, he says, has been ”secretive about her assets . . . particularly with respect to certain properties owned or titled in either [her] name alone or in other entities.” He wants the court to order Shaunie to give a ”correct accounting of all money, funds, stocks, bonds, and other securities (including bearer securities)” that she came into during the marriage.
The Big Lead — doing his part to put romance back in sports blogging, helpfully recalls Kobe Bryant’s explosive claim to Colorado police that “Shaq would pay his women not to say anything. Shaq has paid up to a million dollars already for situations like this.”
Considering, however, the Diesel’s previously boasted of conquests including (but not limited to) Cindy Crawford, Venus Williams and the late Aaliyah, I’m gonna presume this is less about infidelity (or financial chicanery) and merely down to O’Neil wanting another crack at free agency. And considering that Dave Navarro might be looking for a new roommate, there could be a resulting reality series that would make the ratings for “Shaq’s Big Challenge” seem as modest as those for “The Benefactor”.