Shaquille O'Neal Applies to Be Police Officer in Doral, Florida

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2014

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NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal has long had an interest in law enforcement, and the future Hall of Famer put that to good use Wednesday in Doral, Florida.

According to Monique O. Madan of the Miami Herald, Shaq applied to become a Doral reserve police officer amid much fanfare. This isn't his first foray into police work; he previously held the same position in Miami nine years ago, per Patrick Chalvire of WSVN Channel 7:

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Shaquille O'Neal applied to be a reserve police officer in Doral. He had past experience with Miami Beach in 2005.

In fact, during a private ceremony in 2005, Shaq was sworn in as a reserve officer with Miami Beach, earning an annual salary of just $1.

Although bringing in a celebrity reserve like O'Neal could garner Doral plenty of positive publicity, he isn't being gifted a spot. According to Madan, city spokeswoman Christina Baguer said that Shaq must undergo physical and psychological testing as well as a background check in order to be accepted.

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"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," Baguer said.

O'Neal retired from the NBA at the end of the 2010-11 campaign after 19 illustrious seasons. He won three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat. He was selected to the All-Star team 15 times, won the league MVP in 2000 and was named to the All-NBA first team eight times, among many other accolades.

For his career, he averaged 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.3 blocks per game.

The 42-year-old did it all and will forever be recognized as one of the greatest players in NBA history. It would be easy for him to rest on his laurels and live off that reputation, but Shaq has never been one to fade into the background.

At 7'1" and well over 300 pounds, Shaq is one officer no criminal would want to cross paths with. If nothing else, he should be a great advocate for both the city of Doral and its police department.

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