Shaquille O'Neal may be the most beloved man in Metro Atlanta right now, but he might want to help even more by becoming sheriff
He rarely looks for media opportunities, but is open and friendly when we happen to catch him at one of his many events, reports 11Alive.
SHAQ FOR SHERIFF?! Yep, he’s serious.
He could run for Sheriff in Henry County, where he is a resident. The incumbent there is up for reelection in 2020. He could run in Florida where he also has residency. He also could move somewhere between now and 2020, and establish new residency.
“I haven’t made my mind up yet,” he said.
When asked why he would run, Shaq had a quick and ready answer.
“This is not about politics. This is about bringing people closer together,” Shaq said. “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 I serve.”
Shaq says he’s perfect for the job, because he can relate to everyone. “I can put on a suit and have a conversation with Bill Gates. I can go in the hood and talk to the homies, and talk to the children.”
He’s been sworn in as an honorary deputy in Clayton County, but has little real law enforcement experience. Shaq said he’d make up for that lack of experience with a solid team: “I know how to run a team. 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.”
At the end of the interview, Shaq pointed at the camera, and in a deep movie voice-over vibrato said, “Shaq for Sheriff! Back to the old school.”