Shaq and Shaunie O’Neal were prepared to put on their blue and gold UCLA rigging and root for their child Shareef as he played basketball for the school’s team. But it seems that they’ll have to wait a bit longer than expected.

Shareef sat down with TMZ and revealed that he needs to take some time off from ballin’. He clarified that “during a routine checkup, we found a medical issue dealing with my heart. Thank god the UCLA medical staff found it early.”

That implies that Shareef will be “off for a while” as a “medical red shirt” and will invest that energy concentrating on his scholastics and his wellbeing meanwhile. The 18-year old didn’t say what kind of heart issue he is dealing with, yet says that it will require medical procedure later on.

He ensures that it’s not a career-ending issue and he’ll be back as soon as possible. “The road to success is not always going to be a straight path. You gotta go through some bumps and bruises.”

He likewise presented a photograph on Instagram additionally clarifying his circumstance.

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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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He expressed, “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 ❤️❤️❤️”

Shareef’s mother and father have not yet remarked on their child’s wellbeing. We trust Shareef has a speedy and quick recovery.