Green Bay police apologize to A.J. Dillon for incident at soccer match

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The Green Bay police have apologized to Packers running back A.J. Dillon for the manner in which he was treated during a July soccer match.

Dillon was shoved by a police officer on the sidelines, while Dillon was hoping to execute a Lambeau Leap during a rain delay in the contest between Manchester City and FC Bayern.

“I have sustained two allegations of GBPD policy violations by the officer involved and directed appropriate corrective action to be taken,” police chief Chris Davis said in a statement released Friday, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “We do not provide further detail on personnel matters out of respect for the employee’s due process rights.”

Whatever the consequences to the employee, the police department has expressed remorse to Dillon.

“I apologize to Mr. Dillon for the way he was treated,” Davis added. “We appreciate the strong relationship we have with the Packers organization, and the GBPD remains committed to working with them along with the entire Green Bay community to provide the best and most professional police service possible.”

Per Demovsky, the Packers acknowledge the police department’s apology in a statement issued on Friday.

“We appreciate the Green Bay Police Department’s follow-up to the interaction that occurred at the soccer match, July 23, at Lambeau Field,” the Packers said. “We respect their process in reviewing the situation and its conclusions. 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. Additionally, we appreciate AJ Dillon‘s professionalism in handling the matter.”

So that’s the end of the thing that we didn’t even know was still a thing, largely because Dillon seemed to have no issue with the situation at all.

18 responses to “Green Bay police apologize to A.J. Dillon for incident at soccer match

  1. The police can’t be faulted for their actions. They didn’t realize that he was a Packer player. They thought he was just another black man who had no business enjoying himself and having a good time.

  2. Kudos to AJ Dillon for how he handled it. Police/security at sporting events have their heads on swivels looking for the next idiot who’s going to run on the field, or environmental protestor looking to set themself on-fire, etc. Their job is to prevent disruptions to the event and ensure safety to all in attendance and people on the field. Unless AJ Dillon coming down from the stands to execute a ‘Lambeau Leap’ was part of the itinerary, they’re going to process you like any other person. That’s just their job. AJ Dillon is ‘known’, but he’s not exactly the most popular player on the roster that can be ID’d by facial recognition alone. That’s all there is to it. Nothing to see here.

  3. Black players have had a hard time in Green Bay since Vince Lombardi ..Lombardi had to make a stand for them as they were treated so poorly in the community ..not surprising..only difference now is I phone and social media so they can’t get away with it

  4. Remedy is non NFL event field passes marked as “Packer trained and qualified to perform Lambeau Leaps”

  5. I mean in all fairness it’s really hard to recognize who most NFL players are without their jerseys

  6. So that’s the end of the thing that we didn’t even know was still a thing, largely because Dillon seemed to have no issue with the situation at all.

    How do you know he had no issue with how he was treated?
    He probably knew that because it was the police he shouldn’t say anything or else it would have negative consequences for him.

  7. Dillon has become a local resident and didn’t make a big deal of it. He just managed to find the one cop who doesn’t watch TV, listen to the radio, or read a newspaper or any social media sites.

  8. “The @GBPolice are great people and I’m glad we have them down for our games to keep us safe,” Dillon tweeted at the time “Standing there in the pouring rain with all those people, it’s hard to know what’s going on with just one. All good.”

    A great guy. No dramatic outrage. Just stating it as it was. The cop didn’t recognize him, and wasn’t going to let him just do whatever he wanted. Once the cop did, he backed off. A misunderstanding that didn’t lead to anything more than that. The cop was doing his job, and if it had been just a regular nobody, there wouldn’t have been a peep about it. Class act Mr. Dillon. If only all of us could quit being so easily triggered about the little nothings in life.

  9. Humility and understanding….two qualities everybody (Black, White, Asian, etc) could use much more of. Great example Mr. Dillon!

  10. Those who laud “Mr. Dillon” for his handling of the situation have no condemnation for the offending cops?

  11. He didn’t randomly appear. Security pulled him from the crowd and brought him down onto the field. Even if he did, the sholve was petty and unprofessional from the cop. Dillion displayed class and professionalism from throughtout the entire thing though.

  12. The cop gave him a “you big idiot” shove towards the stands, thinking he was someone who shouldn’t be there. Cops need more training than simply how to use excess SWAT equipment.

  13. We are talking about the backup RB on a team that has a black hole of ME at QB. Yeah, he’s not exactly Michael Jordan. If we make a big deal about a shove then it takes away from the actual police brutality. The apology is good in retrospect but there were no crimes here.

  14. Soon No one will want to be a cop anymore, underpaid, highly scrutinized and made out to be a villain more times than not, one reason crime all over the country has gotten out of hand…

  15. stellarperformance says:
    September 24, 2022 at 11:43 am
    The cop gave him a “you big idiot” shove towards the stands, thinking he was someone who shouldn’t be there. Cops need more training than simply how to use excess SWAT equipment

    /////////////////

    He was someone who shouldn’t be there. It was a soccer game. Would they allow soccer players playing in the end zone during football games? And yes with everyone owning a weapon of war the police need all the training they can get to defend the public, like you. You should probably thank the police instead of defunding them.

  16. “He was someone who shouldn’t be there.”

    Security pulled him from the crowd and invited him onto the field to entertain the fans during a rain delay. He wasn’t streaking during live play, he didn’t jump over the wall unprompted. It wasn’t a terror threat or whatever fictional situation you want to invent.

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