Shaquille O’Neal hints at running for sheriff in 2020
Shaquille O’Neal has long had an interest in law enforcement and it sounds like the NBA legend may be considering taking that passion to the next level.
O’Neal, currently a studio analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” told Atlanta’s WXIA that he is considering running for sheriff somewhere, perhaps as soon as 2020.
“This is not about politics for me. It’s something that I always wanted to do. It’s just about bringing people closer together,” Shaq said in the interview, via ESPN. “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 that I serve.”
It’s unclear where exactly O’Neal would run for sheriff, though he does have residency established in both Florida and Georgia.
While O’Neal expressed interest in becoming a sheriff, he has no desire to seek any other higher office, saying he will “never run for mayor.”
As far as how he would approach the leadership role of sheriff, O’Neal said he would make sure to hire a capable staff around him.
“I know how to run the team,” O’Neal said. “My style is going to be to surround myself with guys that have been doing it way longer than I’ve been doing it, surround myself with smarter people. And I know it’ll be successful.”
As noted, O’Neal has long had an affinity for law enforcement. He has been named an honorary deputy in Georgia and has served as a reserve police officer in numerous cities.