Shaq Endorses Sheriff Israel’s Re-Election (Video)

ed0460f2-4b1e-4786-b808-987df3859fd9By Buddy Nevins,, Special to

Sheriff Scott Israel’s re-election got a big endorsement on Friday — 7 feet 1 inches.

NBA legend Shaquille O’ Neal has endorsed Israel because he “brought crime rates down.”

“I care about safe streets,” O’Neal said.

Israel, a Democrat, is running for re-election to a second term in 2016.

O’Neal called a few days ago and asked Israel what he could do to help.  The results is the video below.

Although O’Neal doesn’t live in Broward County, he has family in South Florida and is frequently in the area, according to an Israel campaign source.  The sheriff and O’Neal bonded over a love of sports.

O’Neal made warm remarks about Israel a year ago during a broadcast of a basketball game, as pointed out to me by @redbroward. That is here.

Here is the endorsement video: