NBA teenager Jermaine O’Neal’s hopes of working with youngsters to repay his community service after a run-in with police were dashed. He was assigned to garbage duty instead.
The Portland Trail Blazers center has been spending his days collecting roadside trash as part of Richland County’s public works program, officials said.
The 7-footer has completed about half of the required 100 hours.
“He’s a good worker,” said George Wilson, the county’s director of special services. “I’d suggest that if he wants to be in shape for basketball, he can go on and get in shape out there.”
O’Neal, 18, was ordered to perform the community service after cursing at sheriff’s deputies and mall security guards in June. A 15-day jail sentence was suspended after he apologized.
O’Neal had hoped to speak to school groups to knock off the hours.
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