KRNB – Shareef O’Neal, the son of Shaquille O’Neal and player for UCLA basketball will miss the upcoming season after doctors discovered a serious heart ailment that will require surgery.
O’Neal told TMZ Sports he “felt funny” during team workouts this summer so UCLA’s doctors made him wear a heart monitor so he could push a button whenever he wanted to alert them.
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Shareef said in and Instagram post that he expects to return after a medical redshirt season in 2018-19 and he ‘Thanks God’ for looking out for him. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.
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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 ❤️❤️❤️
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(Source: TMZ Sports)