Florida police officers responding to a stranded driver on the highway got a significantly larger helping hand than they expected when NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal stopped to render assistance.
The four-time NBA champion had stopped on the highway in Alachua County near Orlando to help a woman change a blown out tire when officers arrived on the scene.
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O’Neal’s enormous presence was a delight for the officers involved, who later bragged to a neighbouring precinct about their encounter with the LA Lakers and Orlando Magic great.
Dash-cam footage from the Alachua Country Sheriff’s office shows O’Neal giving officers a friendly fist-bump, before the group helped the stricken driver on their way.
“Yesterday, Shaquille O’Neal was travelling through Alachua County on I-75 when he witnessed a crash”, the Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook.
“He stopped to check on the welfare of the driver and remained with her until law enforcement arrived.
“He fist bumped Deputies Purington and Dillon before going on his way.
“Hey Basketball Cop Foundation - you’re not the only one that knows Shaq.”
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Patty Mills will donate "every cent" of the almost $A1.5 million he will make playing for the San Antonio Spurs in the upcoming NBA restart to social justice causes in Australia.
Mills said the $A1.458 million he is due to earn will be donated to Black Lives Matter Australia, Black Deaths in Custody and The We Got You campaign.
"I'm playing in Orlando because I don't want to leave any money on the table that could be going directly to black communities," Mills told reporters.
The veteran Australian point guard said he has been encouraged by the public response to the Black Lives Matter movement since the police arrest death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.
"For the first time in my career, I have white people - teammates, old teammates, old coaches - telling me they never knew the level of racism that exists in sport, especially in Australia," Mills said.
"They haven't felt comfortable asking me, as a black Australian, about racism before which speaks to the impact and value of the Black Lives Matter movement and the millions who have participated in protests around the world."