Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal sworn in as a county sheriff


Residents in Clayton County, Georgia will think twice before disobeying the law with their new sheriff’s deputy.

Legendary NBA center Shaquille O’Neal was sworn in by the area’s sheriff, Victor Hill, at the weekend as an honorary deputy.

The former LA Lakers and Miami Heat star becomes the tallest deputy in the county’s history, standing at 7ft 1in.

Shaquille O'Neal (right) was sworn in by Clayton County sheriff Victor Hill (left)

The four-time NBA champion is one of the most recognizable figures in American sport

‘Welcome to the crime fighting family, Shaq!’ Hill posted to his Facebook page on Saturday.

O’Neal has also has been designated as an honorary US Deputy Marshal and a reserve police officer with agencies in California, Arizona and Florida, reported Clayton

The four-time NBA champion has been a part-time Atlantan for the past 15 years with three properties in the area: a Buckhead condo, a six-acre farm in Gwinnett and a £1.2million home in McDonough.

The 44-year-old is also the owner of one of Atlanta’s much-loved sweet eateries, having bought a downtown Krispy Kreme franchise last October.

O'Neal enjoyed spells at the LA Lakers, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers

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