Last month Officer Bobby White of the Gainesville, Florida police department responded to a noise complaint – only to find it was a group of neighborhood kids doing what they do best – play basketball. Officer White joined in, shot a few hoops, & organized a pickup game for the next day saying he would return with backups for his team.
The video of Officer White shooting hoops went viral to the point that Shaquille O'Neal saw it & asked to join the pickup game saying he wanted to meet Officer White & help.
As many readers know Shaq has been interested in police work since he was a teenager – two of his uncles were policemen & his stepfather who raised him was an Army sergeant. In January 2015 Shaq was sworn in @ a private ceremony as a reserve police officer in the Doral police department mostly doing community work & serving as a role model. (Shaq originally applied for the job four months prior to being sworn in. He went through the entire application process including a background check. He will not receive a salary & will pay his own insurance costs. His ultimate goal is to be a police chief or sheriff in Florida – but first he wants to work his way up.)
Click here to enjoy the highlights of the fun of the pickup game but please listen closely to Shaq's words @ the end of the video – it is the reason he rolled into this neighborhood to play ball.