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UNCLA basketball star Shareef O’Neal, son of NBA players Shaquille’s O’Neal, will have to sit out next season due to his heart issue that was recently discovered. This will require him to undergo major surgery.
TMZ Sports got a chance to speak with the 18-year old who said he was having a routine checkup recently when the doctors “found a medical issue dealing with my heart.”
According to TMZ, “Shareef didn’t specify the exact problem – but said the issue is severe enough that he’ll be having heart surgery in the near future.” Shareef said, “Thank god the UCLA medical staff caught it early.” He also claims he has been talking with his dad and his mom Shaunie O’Neal about the best way to handle this situation.
When Shareef attends rehab he will still be attending classes at UCLA. Shareef is vowing to return to the court in 2019 after redshirting as he describes this situation, “just a bump in the road.”
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Written By: Fantasia Harvey