And so another high-profile relationship comes to a screeching halt. This time it's Shaquille O'Neal and reality TV's Nicole "Hoopz" Alexander calling it quits.
The Boston Globe (h/t Daily Mail) reports the former NBA superstar and current analyst for TNT's Inside the NBA decided the time had come to end his longtime relationship with Alexander, who appeared in VH1's Flavor of Love and I Love Money.
The two were seen back in Boston just a few weeks ago as O'Neal finished up some scenes for the new Adam Sandler movie, Grown Ups 2.
There is no confirmation as to exactly what went wrong with the relationship. However, gossip site MediaTakeOut.com states the split came directly from O'Neal in response to a fight the two had outside of an Orlando-area gym.
According to their sources, the two attempted to gain entry to Orlando Metro Gymnastics, but Alexander was turned away because the establishment only trains young women 18 years old or under, citing insurance purposes.
Allegedly, Alexander completely lost it and went on a tirade. According to MediaTakeOut.com, Shaq was abhorred by the scene, and a spat began between the two outside the gym.
After Alexander allegedly launched some nasty names his way, O'Neal called it a day on the whole relationship. Of course, we take the report with a grain of salt, but a similar report can be seen at 24HourHipHop.com.
For her part, Alexander is calling out the reports as false. At least, that is what we presume she is tweeting about here.
Sucks that Ive always been a target 4 untrue, hateful negative rumors. I always wonder how these ppl can sleep at night!— Nicole Alexander (@TheRealHoopz) Aug. 27, 2012
O'Neal was previously married to Shawnie O'Neal for seven years, the woman who would later produce and star in Basketball Wives, a show heavy on altercations.
We'll take the rumors of how O'Neal and Alexander broke up with the usual amount of cynicism, but caution Shaq to tread lightly in his next relationship.
Perhaps a little less drama.
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