basketball legends Shaquille O’Neal sparked concerns about his health on Sunday when he tweeted a picture of himself from his hospital bed.
O’Neal’s tweet was directed to NBA broadcaster Ernie Johnson and WNBA superstar Candice Parker, both of whom are involved in various television coverage of March Madness. However, what O’Neal did in the hospital worried fans of the former Los Angeles Lakers star.
While prayers were being offered for the big man, Ken Fang of the Awful Announcing relayed the message that Johnson had said during the broadcast of the tournament. Johnson said that O’Neal underwent hip replacement surgery.
O’Neal is only 51 years old, but while he appears to have lost weight over his playing days, his hip is too worn out. At the peak of its development NBA center weighed 325 pounds with a height of 7 feet 1 inch. Last year, he told Logan Paul that he had put on weight to 401 pounds.
In December, O’Neal talked about losing weight in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“A friend called me and said:“ You are fat, ”and she gave me the name of this guy, and he did a blood test,” he said then. “He said, ‘You can do this, you can’t do that, [eat] more vegetables [your] little iron.
“Once I started changing those certain things, everything fell apart. It’s all about proper nutrition.”