NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal has a new title added to his long list of achievements: sheriff’s deputy.
Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill made the announcement on Facebook.
“When Shaquille O’ Neal raised his hands to be sworn in by “THE CRIME FIGHTER”, he became the tallest deputy in the history of the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office! Welcome to the crime fighting family Shaq!!” the post said.
It is unclear if the O’Neal will be an active deputy for the department or just a ceremonial one.
Shaq has embraced the law enforcement community in the past. Earlier this year the NBA great turned analyst, actor and celebrity pitchman made a surprise visit to the Gainesville (Fla.) Police Department, delighting officers and some neighborhood kids the department has forged a special friendship with, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Jennifer Brett.
Shaq portrayed a police officer in the ensemble comedy “Grown Ups 2” and once told the AJC he’d like to pursue a career in law enforcement.
This is just the latest in a string of new ventures for Shaq. In October, Shaq bought a Krispy Kreme on Ponce de Leon Avenue in midtown.
“In addition to Shaquille’s status as a sports and entertainment icon and businessman, he is known for spreading joy, which aligns with our positioning and mission,” said Tony Thompson, president and CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “We are confident this partnership will have a big impact for us in Atlanta and around the world.”