Shaq hoping to become police officer O'Neal after Florida reserve list application

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Shaquille O'Neal has never been one to shy away from a new challenge, or an interesting career opportunity throughout his NBA career and beyond.

The much-loved former Heat and Lakers star branching out beyond his first love of basketball on many occasions into the realms of rap music, business investment and TV analysis.

But Friday brings news of perhaps Shaq's most bizarre decision yet.

As reported by the Miami Herald's Monique O. Maden the NBA Hall of Famer has recently applied to become a reserve police officer in Doral, Florida.

Now whilst you would expect Doral to jump at the chance to deter criminals with a 7' 1", 325 pound Shaquille O'Neal in their ranks it appears the former Lakers star isn't going to get any special treatment in his bid to join the reserve list.

The Herald notes that O'Neal will have to pass both physical and psychological tests before being accepted into the local authority.

"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," spokeswoman Christina Baguer explained.

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Officer O'Neal

Aged 42 and three years removed from his NBA career it is perhaps true that O'Neal is not in the ideal physical condition to be of assistance should it ever be needed, but that wasn't the case nine years ago when he first showed interest in joining the law enforcement community.

As noted by WSVN 7 reporter Patrick Chalvire Shaquille O'Neal was actually amongst those listed as a reserve police office in Miami Beach way back in 2005. A position for which he was paid a princely annual salary of $1.

It is unclear how much Shaq would earn in his position with the Doral police force in 2014 but it is highly likely to be closer to his $1 earnings rather than the $121 million deal signed with the Lakers in the mid 00s.

Huge impact

Of course the likelihood of Shaq working the beat remains unlikely but even if there is the slimmest of chances that O'Neal could be the man hunting you down that surely has to be enough to put you of crime for life?

And even if he never dons a uniform he has already got Doral police department more publicity in one day that they have probably seen in their entire existence so it is job well done already for reserve officer O'Neal.

Who knows, with Kobe Bryant's career with the Lakers nearing its end perhaps we are looking at a new good cop-bad cop double act...

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