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Shaquille O'Neal Backs Up Florida Officers in Basketball Game with Local Kids

January 25, 2016  | 

Shaquille O'Neal joined Gainesville, FL, officers to play basketball with local kids. (Photo: Screen shot from WJXT TV)
Shaquille O'Neal joined Gainesville, FL, officers to play basketball with local kids. (Photo: Screen shot from WJXT TV)

Retired NBA star Shaquille O'Neal made a special trip to Gainesville, FL, to play basketball with a group of kids, more than a week after someone called police to complain they were playing too loudly in the street.

Last week, someone called the Gainesville Police Department to make the complaint.

Officer Bobby White responded and instead of reprimanding the kids, he decided to join in and play with them, WJXT TV reports.

His dash camera was rolling and captured more kids showing up to join in.

"Have fun. Glad to see y'all doing this than out there causing problems," Officer White told the group. "You play here every day? Okay, I'm going to try to bring some back-up out here tomorrow and we'll get a game going."

Shaq heard about the story and wanted to surprise the kids. He wanted it to remain a secret. He traveled to Gainesville and met Officer White and other officers, then they went to the neighborhood to meet the kids.

Comments (6)

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sgtken @ 1/25/2016 3:32 PM

When Shaquille played for the Celtics, He would just walk around Boston and talk to fans. He is a real gentleman. Many other athletes could take a lesson from him. Tom Brady is the same way.

John retired IA PD @ 1/25/2016 6:36 PM

What officer White did, in my opinion, did more to promote police community relations than any of those organizations and prominent individuals who continually speak against LEO's. They should take a lesson from officer White and Shaquille O'Neal. We need more of this kind of connection between our kids and LEO. Thank you officer White and Shaquille O'Neal for doing the right things for our kids.

Robert @ 1/25/2016 10:50 PM

I would completely agree with the above comments.
So, how do we get this to happen 100 times a cities across the US.

Popo @ 1/27/2016 7:17 AM

Robert, I think this does happen well over 1000 times a day 24/7/365. The problem is as some news reporter said one day. Planes land everyday and we don't report on those... meaning the good we do daily isn't as newsworthy as the less than 1% of bad apples.

Jon Retired LEO Wyoming @ 1/28/2016 7:49 PM

Popo is right. Good news won;t sell soap for the liberal media.

Percy @ 1/31/2016 4:54 PM

Good for that officer and Shaq, too bad you people(PoPo & Jon Retired LEO Wyoming) can't stop winging about it.

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