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So this isn’t the first time we thought Shaq and Hoopz had called it quits, and honestly, who wouldn’t be surprised to hear they didn’t last? But this time around, The Boston Globe says they got the news straight from the horse’s mouth. According to the news source:

“Former Sudbury resident Nicole ‘Hoopz’ Alexander confirmed to the Globe on Friday that she and her longtime boyfriend, retired Celtic Shaquille O’Neal, have called it quits.”

What the Boston Globe leaves out in an explanation for the split, Black Sports Online makes up for plenty with a tale of “you can take the girl out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the girl.” According to the site, “the straw that seem to have broke the camel’s back was an argument at the Orlando Metro Gymnastics facility. Hoopz after watching Gabby Douglas win the All-Around at the Olympics, wanted to get some lessons,” and according to an eyewitness account:

“The gym doesn’t teach people over the age of 18 for insurance purposes and when Hoopz was told this she lost her mind.  She started to curse out the staff and became belligerent. She got extremely loud, screaming at the top of her lungs how she needed to train for the 2016 Olympics.

Shaq was embarrassed, he dropped his head like he was ashamed of her. He didn’t say anything while they were in the gym, but once they got to their car a heated argument took place. You could hear and see them screaming at each other.  I felt bad for him.”

I’m willing to bet half of Shaq’s issue was Hoopz poor behavior and the other was her delusional belief that she would actually be participating in the 2016 Olympics. The girl is certainly athletic, and they don’t call her Hoopz for nothing, but at 29, she’s going to have to hang up those gold medal dreams—along with any hope of becoming a basketball wife apparently.

Shaq and Hoopz had been together for about two years so this surely couldn’t have been the first time the Detroit native showed her true colors. I’m guessing the newly hooded  Doctor of Leadership and Education just didn’t have the patience for her antics anymore. I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before both are on to the next one. Thoughts?


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