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‘Shaq for Sheriff!’ Former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal floats run in 2020

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Former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal said he’s interested in running for sheriff in 2020.

“Shaq for Sheriff! Back to the old school,” the NBA great said Friday in an interview with WXIA in Atlanta, Georgia.

The NBC affiliate asked O’Neal if he might run for mayor of Atlanta when he dropped the bombshell.

“Mayor no, I would never run for mayor,” Shaq replied. “In 2020, I plan on running for Sheriff.”

And O’Neal believes his wide appeal is perfect for the job.

“I can throw on a suit and have a conversation with Bill Gates,” he explained. “I can go in the hood and talk to the homies, and talk to the children.”

O’Neal, an honorary deputy in Clayton County, although he lives in Henry County, has long expressed an admiration and respect for law enforcement.

“This is not about politics,” he explained. “This is about bringing people closer together. You know, when I was coming up, people loved and respected the police, the deputies. And, I want to be the one to bring that back, especially in the community I serve.”

At 7 ft. 1 in. and 324 pounds, give or take, who’s going to argue with that?

Tom Tillison


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