Shaquille O’Neal performed an act of kindness on Monday when he stopped on a Florida freeway to help a stranded driver whose tire burst.
48-year-old O’Neal is said to have been driving near Gainesville, Florida on Monday when he saw the accident and drove up to make sure everyone was fine. The NBA legend stayed with the driver until the local authorities arrived.
“Yesterday Shaquille O’Neal was traveling through Alachua County on I-75 when he witnessed a crash,” the Alachua County sheriff’s office said in a Facebook statement Tuesday, sharing dashcam footage in which O ‘Neal stood on the side of the road.
“He stopped to check the driver’s well-being and stayed with her until law enforcement arrived,” the statement said, adding that the athlete punched the MPs who arrived before his departure.
The photos show a family standing near their vehicle, which is parked in a meadow next to the motorway. O’Neal stands nearby and waves to the officers when they arrive.
“I appreciate that you stop to help,” one of the officials said to O’Neal in the footage.
“Stay safe,” adds O’Neal as he leaves.
O’Neal recently partnered with NFL star Rob Gronkowski to raise money for social justice through NAACP Empowerment Programs and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
“We have seen what has been going on for a long time and I am really proud of how the country has come together to raise awareness,” O’Neal told PEOPLE in June of the nationwide protests against police brutality and systematic racism that began after the death of George Floyd in late May.
“Now that awareness has been raised, it is time for people to make real changes [to] Get off your ass – legislators, congressmen, senators, mayors, “said O’Neal.” Because they are the ones who could put it on the next ladder and they will make changes. Everyone said the same thing. We know what’s going on, but something needs to be changed. “