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NBA Star Jermaine O'Neal

I Vent to Germany

to Get My Body Vixed

6/14/2013 4:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Seems Kobe Bryant started a German trend ... 'cause NBA star Jermaine O'Neal took Kobe's lead and flew out to Germany for a special medical procedure that ain't exactly legal in the U.S. of A.. 

34-year-old O'Neal -- a 6-time NBA All-Star -- just posted a photo standing next to famed German surgeon Dr. Peter Wehling along with the caption, "Just finished up my last day of a week long of treatments out here in germany with the great Dr Wehling!"

There's only one reason O'Neal would go to Germany -- Regenokine ... a special procedure involving the manipulation of red blood cells that's believed to accelerate the body's healing process.

The only catch ... the procedure ain't exactly approved by the American FDA ... 'cause according to Grantland.com, it violates an FDA regulation that mandates that all human tissues (such as blood and bone marrow) can only be "minimally manipulated."

Obviously O'Neal isn't afraid ... neither is Kobe ... and even A-Rod is reported to have gone to Deutschland for a quick German fix-me-up.

It's unclear which body part O'Neal was hoping to fix -- but last year, Wehling reportedly worked on Jermaine's knees ... and it seems to have worked. J.O. played 55 games in the 2012-13 season ... the 2nd highest he has played in the last 10 seasons.

The NBA doesn't seem to mind the procedure ... 'cause Kobe never faced any repercussions from the league -- in fact, he played noticeably BETTER after he came back.

As for O'Neal ... he's not just hungry for an NBA championship ... he's also craving some high quality food ... recently tweeting, "Anybody know what's the best steakhouse to go to out here in Dusseldorf, Germany?"

Sorry Jermaine ... can't help ya.

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Wow! The FDA doesn't approve but the NBA does approve. This sounds sports enhancing to me.

464 days ago


Human Centipede

463 days ago

Ze Luis    

Nothing new most athletes who have major problems in their body travel to Germany to get it fixed. Players go all the time, this not even news

463 days ago


Yup, we Germans have some good specialists when it comes to medical procedures...

463 days ago

Pudding Tang    

It appears as though Doc Wehling, Bryant and O'Neal have all had the procedure;;; side effect , forehead the size GRAND CANYON.

463 days ago


The FDA is a joke. Healthcare in America means we will keep you sick, but feeling OK as long as you take our pill. America doesn't want anyone to be cured, cuz there is no money in the cure, the money is in the come back. It is how all drug dealers make their money.

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The FDA is disapproving of this and not the very unhealthy things the food companies put in their products and the pills that have a 1000 side effects.

463 days ago


Its not illegal in the US. Just not approved by the FDA. There is a difference! Do your research TMZ!

463 days ago

OLiarbama Argo-Urself    

NBA is so lame.

463 days ago

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