Basketball star-turned-rapper and actor SHAQUILLE O'NEAL and his wife SHAUNIE have reconciled almost a year after they began public and messy divorce proceedings.
O'Neal filed for divorce last September (07) claiming Shaunie had been secretive about her assets. In his petition, he insisted, "The marriage... is irretrievably broken."
But, after a series of professional and personal troubles in the past 12 months - which culminated with the 36 year old losing his volunteer police officer status after an ill-advised, foul-mouthed rap onstage in a New York club - O'Neal has decided to be a family man again.
Shaunie, his wife of six years, says, "Neither one of us could probably answer why we were getting (divorced) in the first place.
"Things have been going so great, that someone actually had to remind us that 'Hey, you do remember those papers are still there.' Literally, it was days ago. So, we've agreed that before we leave Florida in a few days we'll make sure that that's gone away."
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