Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal and members of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office were on their way to deliver Thanksgiving turkeys as part of his yearly ‘Shaq-a-clause,’ when they witnessed the crash.
The 46-year-old, who recently became an “auxiliary deputy” for Broward Sheriff’s Office, rushed to the scene and images and video show him consoling two young boys who had been involved in the accident.
A post by the Broward Sheriff’s Office on Facebook read: “While deputies handled the crash scene, Shaq sprang into action and comforted the children who were involved in the wreck.”
Luckily, no one was hurt in the collision.
After cops handled the situation, Deputy Shaq continued on to hand out turkeys. He has been doing “Shaq-a-clause” for 26 years — handing out toys and food to children and families in need during Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“Growing up, my parents always impressed upon me the importance of giving back to those in need, and that even the small gift of a toy could make a big difference in someone’s life – like it did in mine,” O’Neal said back in 2014 when he teamed with Toys”R”Us to spread holiday cheer.
The four-time NBA champion played for six teams during his career and now serves as a studio analyst for TNT. Last year, O’Neal announced his plan to run for sheriff inHenry County, Ga., in 2020.
“The gap between law enforcement and communities is too spread out. When I was coming up, police were real respected. I don’t know how it’s gotten so far apart, but I know in the community that I live in, I know that I could change some of that,” O’Neal told The Washington Post.
Earlier this year, the Basketball Hall of Famer revealed that he’s in favor of armed police officers patrolling all school campuses.
“I think the quick fix now is the government should give law enforcement more money and you recruit more people, and those guys that are not ready to go on the streets, you put them in front of the schools,” O’Neal said. “You put them in front of the schools, you put them behind the schools, you put them inside the schools.”