“Sheriff Shaquille O’Neal” has a nice ring to it
Imagine being pulled over by Shaq, towering at 7 feet 1 inch tall and weighing more than 300 pounds.
“In 2020, I plan on running for sheriff,” he told Atlanta’s NBC affiliate WXIA this weekend.
O’Neal has residency in both Georgia and Florida and could potentially run in either state. He calls Henry County home. The county, with about 215,000 people southeast of Atlanta, has a sheriff’s race in 2020.
“This is not about politics. This is about bringing people closer together,” O’Neal said. “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 I serve.”
“He loves the police. He loves to support the police,” Lafayette Clerk of Court Louis Perret said after swearing O’Neal in two years ago.
He’s also a reserve police office in Florida, where his duties include “doing community work in which he will serve as a role model for kids,” the Miami Herald reported. Finally, last December, he was sworn in as a Clayton County sheriff’s deputy in Georgia.
And last January, as The Washington Post’s Nick Eilerson reported, he “paid a surprise visit to the Gainesville Police Department on Saturday to praise Officer Bobby White, who responded to the report of kids playing basketball ‘loudly’ in the street last Friday by approaching the teenagers and asking them, ‘Can you believe someone’s calling to complain about kids playing basketball in the street? Can you believe that?’” White proceeded to shoot hoops with the kids for a while.
When O’Neal arrived to thank him, White brought the star out to play a pickup game with the kids.
“I can put on a suit and have a conversation with Bill Gates,” O’Neal told WXIA. “I can go in the ‘hood and talk to the homies, and talk to the children.”