Shaquille O'Neal

Auxiliary Deputy

 

Company/Employment: Broward County Sheriff's Office

Bio: Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most dominant players in NBA history, helping his teams to win NBA Championships and Olympic gold. O’Neal began his career in the NBA in 1992, and in 1996, O’Neal signed the biggest contract in NBA history with the Los Angeles Lakers. That same year, he helped the United States’ Dream Team win gold at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. By the end of the decade, O’Neal was a three-time member of the All-NBA Third Team (1994, 1996 and 1997) and a two-time member of the All-NBA Second Team (1995 and 1999) and had earned a place on the All-NBA First Team (1998), which he would be selected to every year from 2000 to 2006.) In 2000, O’Neal was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. He went on to play for the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics. After retiring in 2011, O’Neal was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. He became an NBA analyst for TNT’s Inside the NBA. Working alongside former NBA greats Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, as well as veteran sportscaster Ernie Johnson, O’Neal became known for hosting his blooper-filled “Shaqtin’ a Fool” segment. With an eye on expanding his business footprint, O’Neal acquired a Master of Business Administration degree from Barry University in Florida in 2005 and later returned to the university to earn a doctorate degree in education in 2012. He has also made headlines for his forays into law enforcement. O’Neal has been a reserve police officer or honorary deputy in multiple jurisdictions including Miami Beach, Doral, Golden Beach, the Port of Los Angeles, Tempe (AZ), and Clayton County (GA). In 2019, O’Neal became an Auxiliary Deputy for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.