Shaq married in private

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal married longtime girlfriend Shaunie Nelson in a private ceremony at The Beverly Hills Hotel.

The couple exchanged vows Thursday night in front of friends and Los Angeles Lakers teammates at the hotel, where plainclothes security guards began chasing out reporters and photographers during the afternoon.

A television news helicopter captured video of O'Neal standing with his bride as they prepared to take their vows.

"This is a great event for Shaq, I'm really happy for him and his wife and it was a lovely event, so I'm glad I got to attend it," Lakers rookie Kareem Rush told KCAL-TV.


"It was fabulous. It was true to Shaquille's class and grace," said Cheryl Cleamons, wife of assistant coach Jim Cleamons.

O'Neal had declined to discuss his wedding plans after practice Thursday, and his teammates wouldn't say much more.

"We know, and it's only for us," said forward Mark Madsen as he left the team's practice facility in nearby El Segundo.

"Since we didn't find out until the last minute what was going on, I didn't know it was black tie," said Lakers guard Brian Shaw.

O'Neal and Nelson have two children together and two from prior relationships. They are expecting a boy in May.

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