Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the Phoenix Suns center's use of a racially derogatory word and other foul language left him no choice. Arpaio made Shaq a special deputy in 2006 and promoted him to colonel of his largely ceremonial posse later that year.
"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."
I think it's fair that he loses his honorary badges. They are just holding him to the same standards as the REAL deputies.
As long as it doesn't end up being the #1 pick in the '08 draft, this is a no lose situation for Orlando. If Darko turns out to be 80% of the player he was touted as they have him and Howard up front, and finding young quality big men is tough to do.