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Old 05-25-2005, 02:42 PM   #1
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I know at the bottom of this it says what he would be doing, but is it wise to tell the public you're going undercover? Especially when you're Shaq?


MIAMI (AP) -- He's Shaquille O'Neal, the world's largest undercover officer.

O'Neal, who is currently leading the Miami Heat against the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference finals, has joined a Department of Justice task force that tracks down sexual predators who target children on the Internet.

The 7-foot-1, 325-pound center was recently sworn in as a U.S. deputy marshal and, on the Saturday afternoon before the Miami-Washington playoff series, O'Neal spent six hours with Miami Beach police investigators helping with cases.

Miami Beach Police Chief Don De Lucca says O'Neal is becoming familiar with the techniques and software the officers use to track down the predators. O'Neal spends countless hours on his home computer, logging into the police network and learning the ropes.

"I put a lot into it, and when I am done playing, I plan on going undercover and then being the sheriff or chief of police somewhere, either Miami or Orlando, I don't know yet," O'Neal said recently. "Everyone knows the love I have for the people who defend the streets and the people who defend our country, the armed forces, the Army, Navy, Marines. I want to do something like that, help the community.

"And I want to do it the right way, like everybody else, not just a famous figurehead that gets a job because he is a famous basketball player. I want to really learn the business."

Raised by a stepfather who was an Army sergeant, O'Neal has been interested in law enforcement since he was a teenager. Two of his uncles also worked in law enforcement.

While playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, O'Neal went through the police academy and became a reserve officer with the L.A. Port Police. When two Los Angeles police patrol cars were burned during celebrations for the 2000 Lakers NBA title, O'Neal wrote a personal check for $42,893 to replace one of the vehicles.

During the 2000 offseason, he rode along with the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Florida. They recovered three stolen cars and made a handful of arrests.

After being traded to Miami, O'Neal contacted Miami Beach police about becoming a reserve officer. He drops by the department regularly for one-on-one instruction, speaks to De Lucca at least once a week, and is a few training hours shy of being certified to make arrests, conduct search warrants and carry a .40-caliber pistol.

"Shaq's interest in police work is very real," De Lucca said. "I've always said law enforcement is a calling, and I believe Shaquille has been called.

"He'd be a great undercover guy. Obviously, we're not going to send him out to buy dope, but he can do surveillance, he can do Internet crimes. He has an incredible thirst for information, he's street-smart, and he's a communicator and leader. I just hope it's not my job he comes after, or I'm in trouble."
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I've read many articles when people are named who do that sort of thing, obviously Shaq is a prominent person. It's anonymous on the Internet so I don't see any problems.

Good for him, I think that's important work

Shaq is great, once I went to a Lakers game (they were the visitors) and he was smiling and waving at people the whole time when he was on the bench.

I could be a cop spying on all of you for all you know
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I don't see anything wrong with just making a general statement about liking police work and wanting to do it. Maybe it's a bit risky in that there are people who are sick enough to want to shoot cops, but they'd shoot a uniformed cop anyway. It's sort of funny that a celebrity wants to do police work because they are usually the ones who employ security, who are *sort of* police officers! Unfortunately a security guard got killed on duty in a parking lot of a Birmingham library (not mine) in November of 2002. It was a gut-wrencher. Some worthless crud did it.
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Actually, when Shaq was here in LA, he looked pretty ominous in that dark blue uniform....and with a gun..
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I'm not saying it's bad that he's working with the police. I think it's really cool actually. I just thought it was funny he's making a big announcement about going undercover. Like I said, I know he's not doing it in the conventional sense, but it's still funny. Can you imagine Shaq posing as a 13-year-old girl on the Internet, or doing surveillance?
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Yeah, it's a bit silly that he's making an announcement. I don't think this guy is modest.
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Yeah, it's a bit silly that he's making an announcement. I don't think this guy is modest.
Exactly. Why tell us? Is this more for his image?
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So 'the big Aristotle' is now 'the big pig' I guess.
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If he catches somebody, will he punish them by making them watch "Kazaam" while listening to "Shaq Diesel"?
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I just thought it was funny he's making a big announcement about going undercover.
it doesnt seem that he is going out of his way to make this 'announcement'. by the way the story is written, he didnt have a press conference or release to discuss the topic. it is just as likely that the journalist chased him.

he comes off as quite humble in his comments.
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You know what, I can agree with you. I should've read through it again and thought things out before I posted this.

The thought of a 7'1'' 325 pound internationally known basketball player going undercover and then it being reported that he's doing so is funny to me.
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well it is funny. ill give you that.
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