Shaquille O'Neal Surprises Kids And Cops For A Pickup Basketball Game

The best kind of backup.

Gainesville police officer Bobby White received a Jan. 15 complaint that a group of kids were playing basketball too loudly in a local neighborhood, according to an ABC News report. Instead of breaking their game up, White joined them for a round of hoops that afternoon.

"I have no problem with you playing basketball on the street," White said in a dashcam video that went viral

White also promised the kids he'd come back in a few days for another game with "some backup." And true to his word, White returned with other police officers for a rematch. 

But a special guest tagged along, too.


NBA great Shaquille O’Neal turned up to play.

After The four-time NBA champion, who previously trained for a career in law enforcement, saw the viral dashcam video, he decided to join in for a game. His appearance was a surprise to the children and to White.

"Are you kidding me?" White told ABC News. "It was unbelievable."

O'Neal played a pickup game with the kids.

He also gave each player $100 for making a shot. 

"I'll tell you a secret that will change your life," O'Neal told the kids before he left. "You know how much money I made? $700 million. You know how I made that? Respecting my peers, listening to my Mommy and Daddy and focusing on school. That's all you gotta do."

He then made the kids repeat this important message.

"I will become whatever I want to be," O'Neal said, before the children repeated his exact words. "I will be a leader and not a follower. I will respect my peers and my elders and especially my parents." 

Watch the full video below:


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