Shaq Surprises Viral Police Officer, Goes With Him To Play Basketball With Local Kids
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The best video of last week was hands-down the viral video of Officer Bobby White of the Gainesville Police responding to a 911 call about “loud teenagers” playing basketball. His response was to let the know the kids that they aren’t doing anything wrong and then he surprised them by showing he can hit a jumpshot and dunk while proudly wearing the uniform. At the end of the dashcam video, he asked the kids if they would be playing the same time tomorrow because he might be back with some backup.
On Saturday, the back up showed up at the station and surprised Officer White. Back-up in the form of a 7’1 reserve police officer at the Doral Police Department, who is mostly known as being the MDE of the NBA. Shaq, White and a few other officers then went back to the neighborhood and played a game I’m sure the kids and residents of the neighborhood will never forget.
So how does Officer White feel about becoming famous? He declined interviews with the local news.
“Officer White is a private, humble guy that didn’t want the personal attention,” Gainesville Police Department spokesperson Ben Tobias said.
Private, humble and worthy of as much praise for being a good person and police officer as Shaquille O’Neal gets for being a great basketball player.
Although Shaq is known mostly for the damage he did on the court, I can’t think of 1 athlete in the past couple of decades who has done more charitable work and positive things like this than Shaq. We know about Shaq-A-Clause, which he started during his rookie year in 1992, but ask anybody in Shaq’s circle and they can give you countless stories of Shaq putting smiles on the faces of kids and doing community work without any recognition.
Photos by Ben Tobias