Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal raised concerns about his health Sunday when he tweeted a photo of himself from a hospital bed.
O’Neal’s tweet was directed at NBA broadcaster Ernie Johnson and WNBA superstar Candace Parker, both of whom are involved in coverage of March Madness on various television channels. However, what O’Neal was doing at the hospital was concerning to fans of the former Los Angeles Lakers star.
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While the great man was being prayed for, Awful Announcer’s Ken Fang delivered the message Johnson said during the tournament broadcast. Johnson said O’Neal would have hip replacement surgery.
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O’Neal is only 51 years old, but although he appeared to have slimmed down after his playing days, his hip took too much wear and tear. At his peak, the NBA center weighed in at 325 pounds and stood at 7-foot-1. He told Logan Paul last year that he moved up to 401 pounds.
In December, O’Neal opened up about losing weight in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
«A friend of mine called me and said, ‘You’re fat,’ and he gave me this guy’s name, and he did some blood work on me,» he said at the time. «He would say, ‘You can do this, you can’t do that, [eat] more vegetables, [your] iron is low.
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«Once I started changing certain things, it went down. It’s all about eating right.»