The Green Bay Packers hosted an international soccer game between FC Bayern Munich and Manchester City. The game was a great success, drawing over 78,000 fans. However, there was one incident that put a damper on the night. In a now viral video, Packers running back AJ Dillon was physically harassed and shoved by a Green Bay Police Officer. While AJ Dillon has taken the high road on social media, assuming the best of the officer, his teammates did not.
De’Vondre Campbell Admitted that He Probably Would Have Wound Up in Jail
After Packers safety Adrian Amos quote Tweeted AJ Dillon’s calm statement on the interaction, De’Vondre Campbell said that things would not have gone on so peacefully had he been in Dillon’s shoes:
I ain’t tripping about the grab because I would’ve immediately got up outta that but after AJ talked to him and he still shoved him afterwards I definitely would’ve went to jail
— De'Vondre Campbell (@Came_Along_Way) July 24, 2022
Even former Packers quarterback Kurt Benkert had something to say in Dillon’s defense:
Haven’t seen many L’s of this proportion 😂 https://t.co/pfA37Ft4gb
— Kurt Benkert 🧑🏽🚀 (@KurtBenkert) July 24, 2022
The Green Bay Police Department Tweeted Out a Statement
Chris Davis, the chief of the Green Bay Police Department, Tweeted out the following statement:
We are aware of the video showing an interaction between a GBPD Officer and AJ Dillon at the soccer match at Lambeau Field. Appreciate Mr Dillon's perspective and supportive comments.
Our Professional Standards Division is reviewing this incident.
— Chris Davis (@ChiefGBPD) July 25, 2022
It should be noted that AJ Dillon did have permission to be down on the field. Of course, this is not an issue when he is on the sidelines as a player. He was at the soccer game as a fan, though. According to Dillon, two security personnel requested that he come down and help get the fans pumped up during a 30-minute weather delay.
It was while Dillon was high-fiving fans and prepping to do a Lambeau Leap that the officer grabbed him by the back of his shirt, up near his neck. After Dillon explained what he was doing, the officer shoved him, hard, away from himself.
One would hope that there is some kind of consequence for the officer. His behavior towards Mr. Dillon was both unprofessional and inappropriate. Perhaps the department should look into his conduct towards other citizens as well.
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