'He’s a good man': Shaquille O’Neal shows support for Adam Levine amid cheating scandal
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: As allegations surround singer Adam Levine for cheating on his pregnant wife, Shaquille O’Neal has called him a “good man.” Adam and his wife Behati Prinsloo are also parents to two daughters, Dusty Rose, 6 and Gio Grace, 4.
Retired NBA star Shaquille told TMZ in an interview on Thursday, September 29, “Adam is a personal friend of mine. He’s always been a great guy.” The 50-year-old athlete added that the Maroon 5 singer and his band are set to perform at the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation’s annual fundraising gala, 'The Event', in Las Vegas this weekend.
Shaquille said about the 43-year-old, “He’s coming to help kids out this weekend. That’s as solid as you can get. It is not my job to say, ‘You did this. You did that. You shouldn’t have did this. You shouldn’t have did that,’” adding, “As far as I can say, he’s coming to help kids out this weekend. He’s a good man in my book.”
Shaquille said that though Adam is “going through some things right now,” he is sure the musician will “overcome” the scandal.
Recently, Adam made headlines after TikTok user Sumner Stroh claimed that they had an affair, leading several other women to post flirtatious DMs Adam allegedly sent them. Although the former 'The Voice' judge denied he had been unfaithful, the singer did admit that it was wrong on his part to send inappropriate messages to women other than his wife.
The reported screenshot from Radar Online showed the father-of-two saying, “Nice. I need to go rub one out. Then my head will be clear. I often think about when you used to get me into that place where I literally would stare and drool and do whatever you told me,” after the 23-year-old had told him, “Just in time. I go to Mexico this weekend [sic] hahha.”
But the musician did not stop there as he sent, “Haha. Delete this immediately haha.” Stroh then replied, “I don’t even know how you did it.” This comes after the model had shared on her TikTok that she “was having an affair with a man who is married to a Victoria's Secret supermodel.” She had also insisted, “I'm just gonna rip the Band-Aid off.”
The model reportedly stated, “I only came forward because I wanted to kill whatever story the tabloid had. The most important part that I did definitely gloss over is the fact that I was under the impression that their marriage was over. I believe that they were keeping it quiet to avoid the negative press because as I had said, I was new to LA. So I just assumed that with celebrities of that caliber, that that's just how it was.”
Adam later wrote in an Instagram story, “I used poor judgment. I did not have an affair, nevertheless, I crossed the line during a regrettable period of my life.”
Despite the scandal, Adam has been putting on a united front with his wife. The couple has been photographed holding hands on multiple occasions since the scandal.