Shareef O’Neal has revealed that he has a “serious heart issue” that will keep him off UCLA’s court for the upcoming season. A crushing blow, yes, but one that may have saved his life!
Shaunie and Shaquille O’Neal’s son was preparing for his first season as a Bruins basketball player when during a routine medical examination, UCLA doctors found a medical issue dealing with his heart, It’s one that will require the 18-year-old to undergo surgery.
The UCLA freshman tells TMZ that he will, “be attending my classes and being a normal student,” during his post-surgery rehab.
Thankfully, Shareef seems to have a solid outlook on the situation calling it “just a bump in the road” and posting on Instagram that, “my health is most important over everything.”
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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 … I want to thank god for looking out for me , I want to thank UCLA , my teammates and most importantly my family … this is just a small bump on the road and I gotta push through it .. I am very down about not being able to do sport I love .. I really wanted this year I felt like I was at my best but this is just a minor setback.. my health is most important over everything .. like I said .. I WILL BE BACK.. thank you ❤️❤️❤️
We wish Shareef nothing but the best and a speedy recovery!
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