Shaquille O’Neal is opening up about what he tells his sons about police in light of George Floyd‘s tragic murder.
Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the 48-year-old basketball great revealed that there are things he’s told his sons, Shareef and Shaqir, and step son, Myles, on how to speak to police when they are out.
“I have that talk with them all the time. I tell them, first of all, you have to try to defuse the situation by showing respect,” Shaq explained. “Because you have to understand that these people are also out here doing their jobs.”
He also advises them to turn to him, if things should happen to get violent.
“If it happens to get rough, don’t say anything, don’t do anything, just comply. And then when all is said and done, you call me, and if stuff gets out of hand, then I will handle it,” Shaq says. “I will be the one to come around and act crazy. I don’t want you to act crazy while you’re out there by yourself. So I just try to tell them, just comply, just listen, but a lot of times that doesn’t work either.”
If you don’t know, Shaq is a sheriff’s deputy in Georgia and was sworn in 2016, and is also an auxiliary deputy in Florida in 2019.
He went through the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Reserve Academy during his time playing for the L.A. Lakers.
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