06.25.08 10 years ago 16 Comments

A day after video surfaced of Shaquille O'Neal's freestyle rap belittling former teammate Kobe Bryant, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has stripped the Suns center of his special deputy badge.  Arpaio cited Shaq's foul language and use of the N-word in his explanation.

"I want his two badges back," Arpaio told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "Because if any one of my deputies did something like this, they're fired. I don't condone this type of racial conduct." […]

Arpaio, who describes himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff" and is best known for feeding jail inmates green bologna, clothing them in pink underwear, and making them work on chain gangs, said he didn't expect his actions would teach Shaq a lesson.

Arpaio's also the guy who deals with overcrowded jails by making inmates sleep in tents, and he also put the fear of God into anyone who even mentioned driving home drunk during Super Bowl week this past February.  He's basically a Wild West sheriff, just kicking ass and throwing people in jail.  Earlier in his career, Arpaio would've tied Shaq to his horse then smacked the horse on the ass to make it run directly off a cliff.  Those were the days, friends.  Those.  Were.  The days.

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