Shaq Says He's "Running" for Lake County Undersheriff, in an Election That Doesn't Exist

Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal spends a lot of time pretending he's a policeman.

When the Big Aristotle/Shaqtus/Shaq-Fu/whatever announced his retirement in June, he said he planned on running for sheriff of Lake County or Orange County at some point in the future.

According to an interview O'Neal did with the New York Times over the weekend, he's made up his mind -- he's entering an election that he may not know doesn't exist.

The Times asked O'Neal how his law-enforcement career was going, to which he replied, "I'm going to be running for undersheriff in Lake County, Fla."

Undersheriff, or "chief deputy," as it's called in Lake County, is a position filled by appointment, as the spot for sheriff is the only law-enforcement spot filled by election.

Still, when O'Neal was toying with the idea shortly after his retirement, the Orlando Sentinel noted that Lake County already had a chief deputy, and he told the paper he didn't really have any plans of leaving the sheriff's office.

Either way, if you're not familiar with O'Neal's history of "police work," we advise that you read the cover story from our sister paper, Phoenix New Times, which details all that great cop stuff he's done -- or the cover story from our compadres to the south, Miami New Times (because everyone's supposed to double-team Shaq, right?)

He's about as good at playing policeman as his role as a giant genie in Kazaam, which currently sits at a 2.5/10 rating on IMDb.

Shaq also noted in his interview with the Times that he would've been an FBI agent had he not played professional basketball.

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