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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – An excessively, very large just right Samaritan noticed a visitors crash on Interstate 75 Monday and stopped to lend a hand.
Former basketball celebrity and present sports activities analyst Shaquille O’Neal, all 7-feet-1-inch of him, stopped to ensure everybody used to be OK and stayed till deputies arrived, stated sheriff’s spokesman Artwork Forgey.
“The deputies had no concept he used to be going to be there however they each known him once they were given there,” Forgey stated. “He came about to return upon the coincidence … so he stopped to look if any help used to be wanted. As soon as legislation enforcement arrived he were given in his car and left. He didn’t stand round for any accolades. He used to be only a just right citizen.”
O’Neal shared a fist bump with a deputy and supplied an revel in for the folk within the disabled automobile to inform their family and friends.
The dashcam from Deputy Patrick Purington shows him arriving to see O’Neal standing with a youngster a short distance behind the car.
As the child dashed to the family car, O’Neal fist bumped Purington and walked with him to the family to say goodbye.
Purington could be heard telling O’Neal he appreciated him stopping. A woman can be heard indicating the crash occurred when a tire blew.
Forgey said no one was injured in the mishap.
O’Neal, whose late stepfather was a career Army sergeant, is a supporter of law enforcement. He is an honorary deputy for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and in Clayton County, Georgia.
Shaquille O’Neal entertains during NBA All Star Saturday Night at the United Center in Chicago. (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)
Also, O’Neal is a reserve officer for several police departments in Florida, including Doral, and in other states.
In 2016, O’Neal saw a video of Gainesville Police Officer Bobby White, who was called to a noise complaint about kids playing basketball in the street and ended up playing with them instead.
A few days later, the kids were surprised when police arrived with O’Neal to get in some hoops action.
White parlayed the incident into the Basketball Cop Foundation, which has provided basketball goals and other equipment to underserved areas.