Shaq, the man that doesn’t need his last name to be identified, not to mention a dozen nicknames to boot, has aspirations to become Sheriff Shaquille O’Neal.
The NBA Hall of Famer says he is thinking about running for office, telling an Atlanta TV station that he will try to become sheriff in 2020.
O’Neal didn’t clarify to WXIA where he would enter a sheriff race. The 2000 NBA MVP holds residency in Florida and Georgia.
“This is not about politics for me. It’s something that I always wanted to do. It’s just about bringing people closer together,” Shaq said Friday. “You know, when I was coming up, people love and respected the police, the deputies. And I want to be the one to bring that back, especially in the community that I serve.”
The big man isn’t simply law enforcement-friendly, but he’s worn a few uniforms unrelated to basketball. O’Neal is an honorary deputy in Georgia’s Clayton County and has been a reserve police officer in Los Angeles; Miami Beach; Tempe, Arizona; Golden Beach, Florida; and Doral, Florida.
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Despite limited experience, he said he could put together the right people to help him in the job, reported ESPN.
“I know how to run the team,” O’Neal said. “My style is going to be to surround myself with guys that have been doing it way longer than I’ve been doing it, surround myself with smarter people. And I know it’ll be successful.”
While O’Neal says he is ready to run a sheriff’s office, he plans to steer clear of managing a city.
“Mayor no, I would never run for mayor,” O’Neal told WXIA.
If Shaq ran for sheriff in your jurisdiction, would you vote for him?
(Feature image: Shaquille O’Neal and Los Angeles Laker teammates meet President George W. Bush at the White House in 2002. Coach Phil Jackson also in foreground.)