Broward County

‘Deputy Shaq’ talks shop with the new sheriff in town

Shaquille O’Neal meets with Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony March 16, 2019.
Shaquille O’Neal meets with Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony March 16, 2019. Broward Sheriff's Office

Shaquille O’Neal may be best know for his skills on the basketball court — and let’s be honest, his height — but in Broward he’s known as “Deputy Shaq.”

This week, the 7-foot, 1-inch tall Shaq met with Broward’s newest leader, Sheriff Gregory Tony.

“Basketball legend @SHAQ goes by many nicknames, and now added to that list is Deputy Shaq,” the department tweeted.

In November, Shaq — who has a long list of law enforcement roles to his credit including being hired as a reserve police officer in 2015 for Doral Police Department — was named an auxiliary deputy for the sheriff’s department.

Donning a BSO T-shirt, Shaq tagged along for a Thanksgiving Day turkey giveaway with BSO deputies when they came upon a two-car crash on a highway. At the time, the department shared a video of Shaq comforting the kids involved.

Shaq’s visit to the station on Friday included pictures with the top brass and a meeting with Tony.

“Sheriff Tony sat down with Shaq and the two talked about the different ways law enforcement works to keep communities safe,” the department said.

Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.


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