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Shaq applying to become reserve police officer in another jurisdiction. Groan.

Sep 5, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

Shaquille O’Neal has a long-held interest in law enforcement, and his celebrity has allowed him to indulge that hobby.

Usually to the detriment of his local police and the public they purport to serve and protect.

Shaq’s reach, like his playing career, spread across the country:

Yet, the trail of trouble he’s left in his wake is nearly as long.

In Miami, he lied and made jokes on his official application. After leaving Arizona, he broke protocol by, intentionally or unintentionally, impersonating an officer (to frame a personal enemy, that enemy alleged).

And it’s not as if he’s stayed completely clean lately. In March, police investigated him for assault at TNT studios.

But once again, another jurisdiction is ready to cozy up with him.

Monique O. Madan of the Miami Herald:

Former Miami Heat star Shaquille O’Neal applied to be a reserve police officer for the city of Doral on Wednesday.

O’Neal stopped by Doral’s City Council chambers to say hello before sitting down with the police chief. The council was in session discussing budget proposals. The mayor called a five-minute break and council members rushed to pose with the superstar.

A city spokeswoman said O’Neal must meet the same standards of any other officer, and I’m not sure exactly what standards Doral holds. Maybe Shaq actually qualifies, but I bet he’ll pass either way.

Doral Police Chief Don De Lucca held the same role in Miami Beach when Shaq lied and made jokes on his official application there and still got sworn in.

Once Shaq finishes posing with star-struck city council members, he’ll get to business in Doral, too.

  1. sportsfan18 - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Next time he pushes someone over in the office, he’ll have to arrest himself…

  2. tampajoey - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    That’s all the police department needs… another dude on a power trip.

    • avb300 - Sep 5, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      Update: His application is approved…because he’s Shaq.

      • tampajoey - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        Great, another Barney Fife with a badge and a gun.

      • detroitbasketballfan - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Barney fife only had one bullet though

  3. succulentnipples - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Big John Football is not impressed.

  4. hdsnake867 - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM


    • asimonetti88 - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      Do you have some hard news from today’s NBA games… er, practices.. er, training camp… er, free agency… er….. yeah, this is pretty much what’s going on in basketball right now. Deal with it champ.

  5. avb300 - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM


  6. shanelsweet - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Well, I read the link, and I didn’t see any real evidence that he lied about a doggone thing. For example, the writer claims that Shaq lied when he wrote in his application that he doesn’t have any personal savings or checking accounts. He probably didn’t have any at the time because his money was being handled by a financial manager. Most rich folks know better than to keep their money in a personal account. Long and short, just another smear job by a PBT writer who clearly doesn’t like any of the players.

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      That link was written by the Miami New Times, not PBT.

      • asimonetti88 - Sep 5, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        You also conveniently skipped over the part where he lied about not being involved in any police investigations, or being sued before.

  7. edon8334 - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    this was the most unbiased article i’ve ever seen!

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 5, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      No room for opinions on a blog.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Sep 5, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      Sarcasm intended.

  8. genericcommenter - Sep 5, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Did this even mention the time he went along on a wrong-address raid? I’m surprised they didn’t bring Steven Seagal along for laughs. These kind of stunts don’t help the lack of professionalism and carelessness in law enforcement.

  9. 22yearsagotoday - Sep 5, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Shaq’s gonna look good eating donuts and looking to frame people.

  10. explosionsauce - Sep 5, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Can’t even keep your bias out of the title. Great report.

  11. themagicfanguy - Sep 6, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    There are plenty of REAL stories out there. It’s ProBASKETBALLTalk not ProNBATalk, so stop defending this non story by pretending real stories don’t exist.

  12. helixro14 - Sep 6, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    He should go apply in Ferguson.

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