Shaq Stripped of Special Deputy Badge for Kobe Rap
June 24, 2008
Shaquille O’Neal will lose his special deputy’s badge in Maricopa County because of language he used in a rap video that mocks former teammate Kobe Bryant.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the Phoenix Suns center’s use of a racially derogatory word and other foul language left him no choice. Arpaio made Shaq a special deputy in 2006 and promoted him to colonel of his largely ceremonial posse later that year.
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walkin' trails @ 6/25/2008 5:39 PM
I give five stars to Sheriff' Joe's interview. I didn't see Shaq's rap video in question so I don't know what he said, but the Sheriff is right...if he's going to carry a badge, he needs to uphold the honor of the badge. When an average cop who is far less a celebrity than Shaq (and makes a whole lot less money - I realize that Shaq plays cop for free) that gets caught putting his/her foot in his/her mouth, he or she gets jammed and branded as as intolerant or worse. In our day and age, that kind of negative stuff tends to stick with you just like Giglio. Cudos to Sheriff Joe for upholding the standard.
ROB ROY @ 6/29/2008 6:40 PM
KUDOS to Sheriff Arpaio for doing the right thing.
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