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Green Bay Police say their internal affairs department is investigating after a video surfaced on social media of a police officer grabbing Packers run back AJ Dillon during a Saturday football game at Lambo Field.
A video posted to social media shows Dillon in the end zone greeting fans in the stands during an exhibition match between FC Bayern Munich and Manchester City Football Club. Dillon appeared to be on the verge of Lambo jumping into the crowd when the video showed an officer grabbing him from behind by the collar and pushing him.
After booing from the fans and Dillon showing up to offer an explanation, the officer stepped back and allowed Dillon to jump into the stands. As the video began to gain attention on social media, Dillon tweeted his account of what happened.
“There is clearly a misunderstanding between the officer and Mr Dillon,” Green Bay Police Chief Chris Davis said Monday. “The Green Bay Police Department is grateful to Mr. Dillon for his perspective and words of encouragement. The Professional Standards and Internal Affairs Division of the Green Bay Police Department initiated an investigation into this incident.”
Davis’ statement did not identify the officer shown in the video.
Dillon said on social media that a couple of security personnel helped him down onto the pitch during a rain delay at Saturday’s football game so he could do Lambo jump to stir up the crowd.
“I assume that (the officer) missed when they told me to come down,” Dillon said.
In a later tweet, Dillon described the incident as “just a misunderstanding between the parties.”
“@GBPolice are great people and I’m glad they help us in our games to keep us safe,” Dillon said. “Standing out there in the pouring rain with all these people, it’s hard to know what’s going on with just one. Everything is fine”.
When asked about the incident on Monday after the Packers’ annual shareholder meeting, team president and CEO Mark Murphy called it “obviously a very unfortunate situation has occurred.”