VIDEO: Atlantic City Police Officer Challenges NBA Players in Free-Throw ContestPosted:
ATLANTIC CITY - For Officer Antwone Snead, a Class-Two Police Officer for the Atlantic City Police Department (ACPD), playing professional basketball has long been a dream.
“Basketball has always been my passion," said Snead. "It’s always been something I went to as a kid, and it drives me."
When the ACPD posted a video of Snead making 16 straight free throws Tuesday afternoon, while in full uniform, he proved just that.
“So the first five, I was like, OK, I’m getting a little warm, I’m getting a little heated up, and then, it was all fun and games," said Snead of the historic outing. "I didn’t think it was going to be as big as I thought, but you know, it was cool.”
The video was taken by one of Snead's childhood friends and already has almost 3,000 views on social media, as of Wednesday afternoon.
Now, Snead and his childhood friend are challenging NBA athletes in a “Free Throw Challenge” to beat the officer's record.
“Once he made the first couple of shots, I was just like, alright, I got to put this on camera, because once he gets that zone, like, he blacks out," said Robert Kelsey, of Atlantic City. "And he just [shot and shot], and I was like, oh, [and] got the camera, and I was like, you know ... I need Steph, LeBron, K.D., everybody to see this, because this man is doing this [in] full uniform.”
Snead found his passion for basketball at a young age, when he was growing up in Atlantic City. Now, at six foot five, the 27-year-old policeman works at the Dr. Martin Luther King Complex as a substitute teacher and a basketball coach, hoping to set a positive example for his students. It's the same building where he developed his passion for the sport as a young man.
“I want them to look back and think, Mr. Snead, he’s a teacher, he’s a cop, that’s cool," said Snead. "That’s something I want the kids to understand, that they can become a cop, become a teacher. It’s cool, it’s trendy. You don’t have to be anything else; you can be whatever you want to be — but it’s cool to be a cop.”
“For him to even go from our neighborhood, a bad area in Atlantic City, to become a cop, it’s showing that, you know, you can grow into a better person and not have to be the stereotypes or the stigmas that you’re stuck with growing up,” said Kelsey.
Snead said that although he loves his job, he still thinks he can play basketball with the pros.
“I enjoy the profession I’m in right now, but if the opportunity presents itself, I’d go out there, show the 76ers what I got,” said Snead.
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