Retired NBA legend Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal, perhaps better known as Shaq, experienced a one-of-a-kind encounter with the police in Georgia this weekend when he became the tallest man to ever be sworn in as a Clayton County deputy.
According to The Macon Telegraph, the ceremony occurred Saturday at the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, where Sheriff Victor Hill handed Shaq what looked to be an official badge.
“Welcome to the crime fighting family, Shaq!!” the sheriff himself announced in a Facebook post published that afternoon.
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Jennifer Brett, a blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, pointed out, though, that it was unclear whether Shaq would actually be “escorting prisoners, directing traffic or performing other law-enforcement duties.”
She added that this was not the first time the NBA legend had hobnobbed with America’s finest. For instance, earlier this year he made a surprise visit to the Gainesville, Florida, Police Department to provide officer Bobby White with backup for a fun rematch against some local kids:
“I became a cop to help people, and these kids will never forget the day Shaq rolled up to their neighborhood and played basketball with them,” another officer, Ben Tobias, told Fox News after the rematch.
What’s more, Shaq penned a column for The Hill last month in support of Responsibility.org, an effort by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility to empower police departments across the states to crack down on impaired drivers.
“Since 2012, I have been working with Responsibility.org to help reduce all types of impaired driving,” he wrote. “I am proud to be a part of their efforts to help make Congress more aware of the challenges facing law enforcement as they work to slow the emerging threat of drug-impaired driving on our country’s roads.”
Talk about a class act and one-of-a-kind man — not to mention the tallest deputy ever to serve in the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office. Kudos to you, Shaq, for being a proud supporter of our men and women in blue.
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