Shaquille O’Neal stops to help a stranded driver on Florida highway after crash
- NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal was driving on a Florida highway on Monday when he witnessed a car accident.
- Shaq stopped his car, helped the stranded motorist and stayed with the victim until help arrived.
- The 15-time NBA All-Star was sworn in as a reserve police officer in Miami, after having served in the same capacity in Los Angeles.
On Monday, while NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal was driving along I-75 in Florida’s Alachua County, he witnessed a vehicular accident. Shaq stopped to check the welfare of the stranded motorist and stayed with her until help arrived, police said.
The Alachua County Sheriff shared a clip of the incident on its Facebook page.
“Yesterday, Shaquille O’Neal was traveling through Alachua County on I-75 when he witnessed a crash. He stopped to check on the welfare of the driver and remained with her until law enforcement arrived,” the sheriff’s office wrote.
“He fist bumped Deputies Purington and Dillon before going on his way. Hey Basketball Cop Foundation you’re not the only one that knows Shaq.”
In the footage, the 48-year-old four-time NBA champion greets officers as they approach the driver on the left side of the road. The motorist can be heard from the background saying her tire blew out.
“I appreciate you stopping to help,” one of the officers tells O’Neal in the footage.
The 15-time NBA All-Star has a longtime relationship with law enforcement. He was sworn in as a reserve police officer in Miami in 2005. He served in the same capacity in Los Angeles.
In 2016, Shaq was sworn in as a sheriff’s deputy in Jonesboro, Georgia, and in 2019, he was deputized by the Broward Sheriff’s Office in Florida’s Broward County.