Shaq’s mom admits writing book to take advantage of her sons Fame

March 31, 2010 at 12:11 pm by Terez in Cleveland Cavaliers, Shaq

Terez, I wanted you to do the foreword..

Lucille O’Neal was looking forward to her first trip to Cleveland since her son, Shaquille O’Neal, joined the Cavaliers. But it’s her journey she really wants to discuss. O’Neal is coming in part to talk about her new book, “Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go: From Mental Welfare to Mental Wealth.” She will be signing copies of the book on Wednesday night at The Q and on Thursday night at the Sam’s Club in Brooklyn. “I am so excited about being able to tell my story because I think people believe it could be one thing and they find out that it’s another,” O’Neal said in a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon. The book deals with all aspects of her life: being an unwed teen mother on public assistance; coping with feelings of anger and resentment as her son’s success thrust her family into the spotlight; battling alcohol addiction; and making the painful decision to end a marriage of nearly 30 years. She said she has wanted to write a book for many years and decided she’d better do it now in order to take advantage of the publicity her son’s career affords. She said Shaquille — the oldest of her four children — has been extremely supportive of her endeavors. He paid for her to attend Bethune-Cookman, where she earned a degree in business administration, and the University of Phoenix, where she earned a master’s in organizational management. — Cleveland Plain Dealer

The book should be titled: How to give birth to a 300 lb 7 footer. -TO

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