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Shaquille O’Neal’s Mom: I Feel GOOD (Now that I’ve Stopped Drinking)

Lucille O’Neal learned the hard way that partying ’round the clock is a sure road to ruin.

Interviewed on Healthtopia Radio, Shaquille O’Neal‘s mother recalls her days as a lush, which began in 1992, after her son—who’d go on to win four NBA championships—was drafted by the Orlando Magic.

"I was so empty," Lucille (above) tells us of her inebriated years. "I had to cry out to the Lord."

"I was so empty," Lucille (above) tells us of her inebriated years. "I had to cry out to the Lord."

“I’d been drinking for years. At first I started social drinking. I’d drink during the week and I’d be ready to go to work on Monday morning after being drunk for the weekend,” Lucille, whose new memoir is titled Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go: From Mental Welfare to Mental Wealth, tells host Bonnie Michelle.

“But when my son went into the league and we were having a little bit of extra money, we were able to buy all the best alcohol—E&J, vodka, gin and juice, Courvoisier. It was such a variety out there.

“I could have done something else. But when you’re able to do and you have excessive money, you Continue reading