Shaq Helps Miami Police Make Arrest
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Shaquille O'Neal provided an assist to police over the weekend, trailing a man who allegedly assaulted a gay couple before alerting an arresting officer.
The 7-foot-1 Miami Heat center, who is in the process of becoming a Miami Beach reserve officer, was driving on South Beach around 3 a.m. Sunday. He saw a passenger in a car yell anti-gay slurs at the couple, who were walking, said Bobby Hernandez, a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department.
The man then got out of the car and threw a bottle, hitting one of the pedestrians, who was not seriously hurt. The man got back in the car, which sped off. O'Neal followed, flagging down an officer who made an arrest, Hernandez said.
Michael Gonzalez, 18, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon. The driver of the car was not charged.
O'Neal, who hopes to be a police chief or county sheriff one day, was already being fitted for his Miami Beach police uniform before he helped the police out.
"For this incident I don't want to be credited as an individual who does police work," O'Neal said in a statement. "I want to be credited as a Miami Beach police officer."
I was watching my obligatory episode of SportsCenter (I watch once a month just to keep informed) and heard the word "homosexual." My ears perked up. It is not often that you hear anything about queer, gay or lesbian, race or too much else that is of any importance on ESPN. Not everyone is a Esera Tuaolo or a David Kopay. So while I was checking my email I heard Shaq and homosexual and I thought, 'Did Shaq come out?'
Alas nothing so dramatic. Shaquille O'Neal stopped an assualt. I don't like the police, and I don't think that police are necessary. On the one hand I think it is great that Shaquille decided that he needed to interfere in an act of homophobia, at the same time...hes a fucking pig. Ultimately the police have not been a positive force for working class peeps/ of color, queer folk and any other marginilized community in the United States. It is tough to be excited, especially since I am doing work to ensure the abolition of the entire prison industrial system (including the police.)
Hopefully someone, somewhere will find meaning in Shaquille's actions. Hopefully someone will think twice about homophobia now. Hopefully O'Neal's teamates wont rag on him for this.
I wonder if Shaquille O'Neal actually cared that he was stopping a homophobic act, or if he was just stopping an assualt in action. I wonder why Shaq is a cop, he would have to be the most intimidating police officer ever :)
I really don't like the police, I don't believe in the police, I don't feel safe with police. However I did find this interesting, and maybe some of y'all will too...