CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Clayton County Sheriff’s Department has a new deputy. Shaquille O’Neal, known as “The Big Diesel” as a basketball player, became the tallest deputy in the county’s history when he was sworn in Saturday. “Welcome to the crime fighting family Shaq!!,” Sheriff Victor Hill posted on Facebook.
Shaq’s on the court dominance is well-known, winning three NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, and one more with the Miami Heat. In all, he played 19 seasons with six different teams.
Shaq comes with quite an interesting law enforcement resume. He has served as a reserve officer for the Los Angeles Port Police, the Miami Beach Police Department and the Golden Beach Police in South Florida. So dedicated to the law enforcement profession is he, O’Neal has completed at least two police academies in two different states. The big man with an even bigger personality has also been named an honorary deputy U.S. marshal.
Shaquille O’Neal has made the news many times over for his pro-law enforcement assistance. For instance, after the Lakers won a championship in 2000, LAPD had two patrol cars burned when fan celebration turned to vandalism. “The Big Diesel” became “The Big Donor” when he wrote a check to the city of Los Angeles for $42,893.
Earlier this year in Gainesville, Florida, police officer Bobby White played street basketball with a group of neighborhood kids after someone called to complain about the noise they made. He promised to return. When he did, Shaq showed up to play. White’s dash cam video was posted online and viewed more than 14 million times.
While it’s still unclear in what capacity one of the most dominant NBA players will serve on the force, O’Neal was nevertheless welcomed to “the crime fighting family.” If nothing else, his celebrity endorsement of the profession is welcomed.
Photo Source Sheriff Victor Hill Facebook Page