Sherrif Shaq, now that has a ring to it.
Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal is hoping to add a sheriff’s badge to his collection of NBA trophies. O’Neal, 45, announced his intentions to run for sheriff in 2020 — possibly in Henry County, Georgia, where he lives, or in Orange County, Florida, where he owns a home in Orlando — during an interview with Atlanta NBC affiliate 11Alive.
When asked about a future in politics, Shaq said he would rather serve in the name of public safety. “Mayor, no, I would never run for mayor,” the master of Shaq-Fu confessed. “In 2020, I plan on running for sheriff.”
“It’s not about politics. This is about bringing people closer together,” he said. “You know, when I was coming up, people loved and respected the police, the deputies. And I want to be the one to bring that back, especially in the community I serve.”
He attributes his cultural versatility for one reason the seven-foot, one-inch and 325-pound behemoth would be fit for the job. “I can put on a suit and have a conversation with Bill Gates,” he explained. “I can go in the hood and talk to the homies, and talk to the children.”
“I know how to run a team,” he continued. “My style is going to be to surround myself with guys who have been doing it way longer than I’ve been doing it. Surround myself with smarter people.”
Last year, Shaq joined a Florida police officer in a game of pickup basketball with unsuspecting local kids.