Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wanted to show respect to police officers, but he ended up violating state rules. He was issued a warning by the Arkansas Ethics Commission after he committed an unintentional ethical violation when he treated police officers to a Cowboys game, last season.
He provided many gifts to the officers and their families, such as Cowboys merchandise, travel accommodation and hotel rooms. He reportedly spent over $300,000.
According to FanRag Sports, Jones asserted that "he didn't treat the officers for their police work, but rather to send a positive message of the work that the police do when they are not on duty." However, the Arkansas law states that “No public servant shall receive a gift or compensation other than income and benefits from a governmental body to which he or she is duly entitled, for the performance of the duties and responsibilities of his or her office.”
One of the police officer who received Jones' gifts, Sergeant Michael Gibbons, admitted that he crossed the law, but he won't be sanctioned.
Source: FanRag · Photo Credit: Keystone Press