*UPDATE*: Shaq gets slapped by sheriff for rap about Bryant
Associated Press - June 24, 2008 7:03 PM ET
PHOENIX (AP) - Shaquille O'Neal will lose his special deputy's badge in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (ahr-PY'-oh) says the Phoenix Suns center's use of a racially derogatory word and other foul language in a rap video that mocks former teammate Kobe Bryant left him no choice. Arpaio made Shaq a special deputy in January and promoted him to colonel of his largely ceremonial posse earlier this month.
O'Neal claims he was "freestyling" and it was all done in fun.
O'Neal previously served as a reserve officer with the Miami Beach Police Department while playing for the Miami Heat. He also volunteered with the Tempe Police Department after being traded to the Suns in February.