We know that Shaq likes to dabble in a little police work every now and then. It’s no secret that he has taken a liking to volunteer police work. Shaq has assisted police forces in L.A., Miami, and Phoenix, but not in the way we might have envisioned. When you picture a cop who’s over 7-feet tall, weighs over 300 pounds, and spends his free time getting ink, you’re probably thinking of that guy as an enforcer and a physical presence on the force. The last thing that comes to mind when we think of Shaq as a cop is him posing as a young girl on the internet to help protect children from sexual predators:
I play a little girl on the Internet. So whatever name I’m going by, that will probably be my catchphrase. If I’m Tanya, then it’ll be something like, “Tanya says hello.” And they’ll be like, “Tanya who?” And I’ll say, “You don’t know no Tanya, huh? I’m Tanya. Let’s go.” And that’s when the cuffs get slapped on you.
So Shaquille O’Neal is one of the segways to Chris Hanson telling an internet perv to “have a seat.” I know Shaq is a goofball and probably does an A+ job in this role, but I must say I’m pretty surprised by this. I thought the police department would want to parade Big Daddy Diesel around for the intimidation factor but hey, if it works and helps protect kids from internet predators I’m all for it. The best part about this story? Jim Rome backed down from a guy who plays a little girl named Tanya on the internet.
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