Shaquille O’Neal becomes police officer in South Florida


Shaq-police-1Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal has added something else to his resume. Now, he’s officially a reserve police officer in South Florida.

For the fifth time in his life, the ex-NBA superstar has been sworn in as a reserve police officer.

O’Neal, who had applied for the position in September, went through the normal application and background check process.

Shaq, 42, was sworn in by Doral Police Chief Donald De Lucca. O’Neal reportedly will be paid no money and will cover his own insurance costs.

“I want them to be able to say: ‘If Mr. O’Neal can do it, I can do it,'” O’Neal told Miami Herald.

Speaking about the potential of becoming a sheriff or handling a chief role, O’Neal said: “When it’s all said and done … in either Orange County, Dade County or Broward. But, I have to work from the ground up first.”

O’Neal added that “…in order to become a great leader, you have to master their style and then create your own style.”

O’Neal believes his role, which consists mostly of community service, sets a good example for children and could eventually lead to a more active law enforcement gig.

O’Neal has previously served as a reserve officer for Miami Beach and Golden Beach in Florida, in Tempe, Arizona and the Port of Los Angeles.

O’Neal played in 1207 NBA games (1197 started), averaging 23.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 2.3 bpg in 34.7 minutes of action.

He was a 15-time NBA All-Star, and won 4 NBA championships (three with Los Angeles Lakers, one with Miami Heat). He is considered to be among the best centers ever to play in the NBA.



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