Basketball megastar Shaq joined Gainesville police officer Bobby White on Saturday when he returned to play a friendly game with Florida kids who unfairly had the cops called on them earlier this month for playing too "loudly."
Shaquille O'Neal, the NBA all-star, was among the 15 million people who saw the Gainesville Police Department's viral video, which shows Officer White responding to a noise complaint by joining the accused kids in their basketball game.
The video even shows White doing an impressive slam dunk.
"We're going to let kids be kids. We are going to focus on the ones that commit crimes. #HoopsNotCrime," the police department wrote on its Facebook page
when it posted the video.
After shooting a few hoops with the kids, White vowed to return for another game and "bring backup."
Little did he guess that none other than Shaq would reach out to the police department after seeing the video, and volunteer to be his backup.
According to NBC News
, the pair made their surprise visit on Saturday.
"Told you I was gonna bring some backup, right? You guys ready? Look at these big guys I brought. You sure you can take them?" he taunts, gesturing to a group of officers.
That's when Shaq emerges from an SUV, and the kids go nuts.
"You're huge!" exclaims one kid.
"I became a cop to help people, and these kids will never forget the day Shaq rolled up to their neighborhood and played basketball with them," Ben Tobias, the public information officer for the department, said, according to Slate
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