Shaq's next career: Florida police officer

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Photo by Tracy Bennett
  • Photo by Tracy Bennett

Photo by Tracy Bennett

During his 42 years, Shaquille O'Neal has dabbled in (and dominated) many different careers: acting, rapping, starring in video games, dunking, among other endeavors. Hell, he was even a genie once. Now, Shaq has once again set his sights on a more noble path: Florida law enforcement. Last week, the Miami Herald reported that the basketball giant filed paperwork to become a reserve police officer with the city of Doral in Miami-Dade County.

City spokeswoman Christina Baguer told the Herald that Shaq would not receive any special treatment because of his superstar status: “If he passes, he will then have to do everything else to be certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, just like any of our other officers, reserve or not reserve.”

To be accepted as a reserve officer, O'Neal must pass a battery of psychological and physical tests as part of the State Officer Exam.

This is not his first foray into law enforcement. Previously, he was a reserve officer with the Miami Beach Police Department (where he took a salary of only $1 per year). He's also worked as a reserve officer with the Los Angeles Port Police, as well as receiving an honorary Deputy U.S. Marshal title in 2005.

Hopefully, Shaq will take his duties a bit more seriously than his character in Grown Ups 2:


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