Shareef O'Neal Out For His Freshman Year At UCLA Due To Heart Issue

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According to TMZ Sports, the son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal will undergo heart surgery due to a "serious heart issue." He said that during a workout he "felt funny" and had the UCLA doctors look more into it. 

"I am very blessed to be living today, one of those moments on the court could've been my last breathe," O'neal said on an Instagram post. "I want to thank god for looking out for me, I want to thank UCLA, my teammates and most important my family...this is just a small bump on the road and I gotta push through it."

The UCLA basketball team will grant O'neal a medical redshirt season but still allow him enrolled in classes. He expects to return after the 2018-2019 season. 

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