What Happened to Shaq?

March 19, 2024

NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal has a lot going on in his life. He's an occasional color commentator for NBA games, turns out a nifty turntable as DJ Diesel ("Gorilla Warfare," released last year, is his most recent album), does commercials for everything from the doomed FTX cryptocurrency exchange to General auto insurance and hosts TNT's "Inside the NBA."

But on Sunday, O'Neal sparked concern among fans when he posted a photo on Twitter of himself in a hospital bed. He later assured his followers that he was doing fine, despite the fact that he had undergone hip surgery.

"To all who have asked, just got some BBL WORK AKA hip replacement," O'Neal tweeted. "Thanks for all the love & support." BBL stands for Brazillian Butt Lift, a treatment that transfers fat from the abdomen, lower back and thighs to the buttocks.

In addition to his TV gigs, the 7'1" giant is also busy with his Big Chicken fast-casual restaurant chain. The brand's first Philadelphia location is expected to open next month in the food hall at Comcast's Center City headquarters.

In other Shaq news, the former NBA star recently spoke out about his regrets about his 2002-2010 marriage with his ex-wife, Shaunie O'Neal, who filed for divorce in 2009, citing irreconcilable differences. He shared a hard-earned lesson learned from his marriage, saying that family is important and can't be replaced.

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