Shaq gets into role as future police officer O’Neal aids Miami police in arrest of man accused of assaulting gay couple Shaquille O'Neal makes his living playing basketball now, but hopes to be a police chief or county sheriff one day. Brian Bahr / Getty Images Updated: 4:44 p.m. ET Sept. 13, 2005 MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Shaquille O’Neal provided an assist to police over the weekend, trailing a man who allegedly assaulted a gay couple before alerting an arresting officer. The 7-foot-1 Miami Heat center, who is in the process of becoming a Miami Beach reserve officer, was driving on South Beach around 3 a.m. Sunday. He saw a passenger in a car yell anti-gay slurs at the couple, who were walking, said Bobby Hernandez, a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department. The man then got out of the car and threw a bottle, hitting one of the pedestrians, who was not seriously hurt. The man got back in the car, which sped off. O’Neal followed, flagging down an officer who made an arrest, Hernandez said.