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Shaq Pays For New L.A. Police Car

August 9, 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Shaquille O’Neal’s check for $42,893 to buy a new Los Angeles police patrol car was formally accepted by the city’s Police Commission on Tuesday.

O’Neal sent the check two days after the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA championship in June, to replace one of two police cars burned when a downtown fan celebration turned to vandalism.

The Lakers organization also sent a check for the same amount last week to pay for another replacement vehicle, team spokesman John Black said Tuesday.

O’Neal, the 7-foot-1, 330-pound center who won the league regular season and NBA Finals MVP awards, specified the money be used for a full-service black-and-white.

In addition to the two patrol cars burned, roving celebrants also damaged two television news vans and vandalized some downtown businesses. Eleven people were arrested, but no serious injuries were reported.

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