GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers running back AJ Dillon has received an apology from the Green Bay Police Chief for the way an officer treated him during an exhibition football game at Lambeau Field.
Chris Davis apologized on Friday and said the police department ordered “appropriate corrective action” on the officer involved as they complete an internal review of the July 23 incident.
Video posted on social media showed Dillon in the end zone waving to fans in the stands during a football match between FC Bayern Munich and Manchester City FC. Dillon appeared to be about to do a Lambeau leap into the crowd when video showed an officer grabbing him by the back of the neck and shoving him.
After the fans booed and Dillon appeared to offer an explanation, the officer allowed Dillon to jump into the stands.
Davis said in a statement that he had “supported two allegations of violations of GBPD policy by the officer involved and ordered that appropriate corrective action be taken”. Davis said the department does not provide additional details on personnel matters “out of respect for the employee’s due process rights.”
His statement did not name the officer involved.
“I apologize to Mr. Dillon for the way he was treated,” Davis said. “We appreciate the strong relationship we have with the Packers organization, and the GBPD remains committed to working with them and the entire Green Bay community to provide the best and most professional policing service possible.”
The Packers released a statement saying they appreciated the police department followed up on the matter.
“We respect their process for reviewing the situation and their findings,” the Packers said. “We value our partnership with the Department and appreciate all they do in working with the Packers to ensure public safety at Lambeau Field events, including game days.
“Furthermore, we appreciate AJ Dillon’s professionalism in handling the case.”
When the video circulated on social media, Dillon tweeted a statement giving his account of the incident and describing it as “just miscommunication between the parties”.
“The @GBPolice are great people and I’m glad we have them for our games to keep us safe,” Dillon tweeted at the time “Standing in the pouring rain with all these people, it’s hard to know what’s going on with just one. All good.”
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