Following the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, fans are growing worried for Shaquille O’Neal.
Speaking on his podcast, Shaquille made comments which have got his supporters feeling worried for the basketball great.
Opening up about his grief, O’Neal, 47, has admitted he is ‘not doing well’, having not slept since learning about the horrific helicopter crash that ended the lives of Bryant, 41, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people.
Gianna’s fellow teammate, Alyssa Altobelli also died in the crash, along with her father, John, his wife, Kerri, Christina Mauser, a basketball coach at Gianna’s school, Sarah Chester and her teenage daughter, Payton, and the helicopter’s pilot, Ara Zobayan.
Fans are also worried as Bryant’s death comes so soon after the death of O’Neal’s sister, Ayesha, who passed away in October.
Speaking on his podcast, The Big Podcast With Shaq, O’Neal said:
I’m not doing well. I’m sick. I’m just getting over the death of my sister. You guys told me the other day when I came in I looked like I needed some rest.
I haven’t been sleeping after Ayesha’s death because, not thinking about just the good times, but times I could’ve did something, or I could’ve said something or could’ve did something different, or could’ve loved her more or could’ve showed her more support. And the same thing hit when I found out this news.
O’Neal added that the public didn’t necessarily think he and Bryant saw eye-to-eye but in reality they were ‘brothers’.
I haven’t eaten, I haven’t slept. I’m looking at all the tapes. I’m sick right now. And I know some idiot’s gonna bring up the relationship me and Kobe had.
Our relationship was that of brothers. We’re brothers on this podcast John, we argue all the time. But in real life when I see you and your lovely wife, it’s all about respect.
He added that he had hoped one day himself and Bryant would be old and reminisce together about the days they spent on the court – and of how he is heartbroken that will never happen.
This is gonna hurt for a long, long time. I want to see everybody get old like Bill Russell and Dr. J. so we can have stories. We still are the best duo ever created, that’s not gonna change.
But I wish at 60 and 70, in the old folks home or on this show, we could talk about it. But he will be remembered.
Stay strong Shaq.