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O'Neal loses another badge

June 26, 2008|From the Associated Press

BEDFORD, Va. -- Shaquille O'Neal's raunchy rap in which he mocked former teammate Kobe Bryant is costing him another of his lawman badges.

Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown said Wednesday that he has asked the Phoenix Suns center to return a badge he was given for his work with the southwest Virginia county's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Brown says O'Neal's likeness also will no longer be used to promote Operation Blue Ridge Thunder, a unit of the department that O'Neal worked with in investigating Internet predators. O'Neal served as a reserve deputy for the department in 2004-07.

The decision comes one day after a sheriff in Arizona asked O'Neal to return a special deputy's badge.

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