Shaquille O’Neal Still Wants To Be A Cop, But Also An Art Curator?

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Vibe / November 24, 2009

Most know that big Shaq has aspirations of being a cop, or at least an honorary one in most cities. In the past, all he was required to do is show up to the local police department to get their honorary certification, but it’s not that easy in Cleveland where he’s currently playing for the Cavs.

According to AOL’s BlackVoices, Shaquille O’Neal recently applied to become a special deputy with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, but needs to go through a bit of training before he can attain that title.

“It appears that Mr. O’Neal will need to undergo substantial additional training, as well as successful completion of the state certification examination before he can become a certified peace officer in the state of Ohio,” Holly Hollingsworth, spokeswoman for the state attorney general, told the Associated Press.

Before the process can start, his application will need to be accepted by the state of Ohio, and then he’ll need to pass an entry exam, perform 36 hours of training within a six-month period, pass the Ohio police exam and pass a shooting test.

If he can do all this, Shaq can become an unpaid special deputy.

Aside from his aspirations in law enforcement, the big guy is also getting into art. So, maybe he has a future as an art curator? reports that O’Neal is overseeing an art exhibition called “Size DOES Matter,” on the significance of scale in contemporary art. It is coming to New York’s Flag Art Foundation in February.

“New York is the art capital, so I’m pleased to be starting at the top,” he told the site. “It was a little harder than I thought it would be. When you think about what each of the artists put into their work, what they are expressing and want to share with the world, you feel bad about having to narrow it down.”

For the exhibition, he personally picked the art for the show, which will feature 39 artists and more than 52 works of art.

“As a curator, I have a responsibility to the artists, who are my ‘teammates,'” O’Neal said. “We all have to make each other look good — no different than what I do on the court.”