Shaquille O’Neal shared a few words about cops and being respectful to them. The former NBA player says he’s never worried when he gets stopped by cops, because he’s respectful.
“When I get stopped by the cops, I’m not worried. And it has nothing to do with being Shaq. You know why? I show respect. ‘Yes, sir. No, sir.’ That’s how I was taught. I was raised by a drill sergeant, and that’s who I am,” O’Neal said during a interview with Esquire magazine. “Doesn’t matter if it’s a black guy, white guy, whatever. I’m not going to make it uncomfortable for you because I don’t want it uncomfortable for me. There’s not going to be any talking back—none of that.”
“One time, the police were messing with us, and I disrespected them,” he said. “Oh, that was the worst thing I could have ever done. My father grabbed me by my collar, tugged me back and said, ‘Don’t you ever disrespect these men. They’re here to protect us. You listen to them. You say, “Yes, sir. No, sir.” And if he’s not right, if he’s doing stuff out of spite, just obey the letter of the law. Then you come and see me, and I’ll handle it.’ So from that day on, I didn’t disrespect the police anymore.”
Let us not forget, Shaq is a police officer fan. The man was a reserve police officer in Florida at one point. And let us not forget, unlike the average black person getting stopped by police, Shaq is recognizable. So while Shaq is smiling and being nice, those cops are probably doing the same to him.
I truly hope his sons know none of that shucking matters in the face of law enforcement, because they won’t know who the hell they are, or care their father was once an 8ft tall genie.