Florida cop fulfils promise of basketball rematch with kids, brings Shaq
A Gainesville police officer has made good on his promise of a basketball rematch with a group of kids. This time, officer Bobby White brought back-up.
Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal joined White in a game of pick-up with the kids on Jan. 23.
A week earlier, White has responded to a noise complaint someone had filed because children were playing basketball in the street.
Dashcam video of the way White handled the complaint went viral.
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In the video, White is shown approaching the kids and notifying them of the noise complaint. Instead of breaking up their game, he decides to join in for a quick session. The video posted on the Gainesville Police Department Facebook page gained more than 15 million views and was praised for allowing kids to have fun.
In the end, White asked the kids to keep the noise down to avoid future complaints. Before he left, White promised a rematch.
“I might bring some back-up and get a game going,” White said.
That back-up was O’Neal, who retired from pro basketball almost five years ago.
At the end of the game, O’Neal had a message for the kids.
“I made $700 million,” O’Neal said. “You know how I made that? Respected my peers, listened to my mommy and daddy and focused on school. It’s all you got to do.”
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