It doesn’t matter who you are – if you see Snoop, you’re going to want to get a picture with Snoop.
But beware: if you work for the Texas Department of Public Safety, it could get you in a little bit of trouble.
A DPS trooper has been reprimanded and ordered into counseling after a photo of him and “known criminal” Snoop Dogg popped up on the rapper’s Instagram a couple of weeks ago.
“Me n my deputy dogg,” reads the photo caption, which doesn’t mention officer Billy Spears by name.
Apparently it didn’t matter, as The Dallas Morning News obtained a copy of the official reprimand.
“While working a secondary employment job, Trooper Spears took a photo with a public figure who has a well-known criminal background including numerous drug charges. The public figure posted the photo on social media and it reflects poorly on the Agency,” said the memo from the Texas DPS.
The Department of Public Safety has issued an official statement on the matter:
“DPS does not typically discuss or release specifics of personnel issues unless they result in disciplinary action as outlined in Government Code 411.00755 and 411.0072. Supervisors counsel and coach employees on a regular basis, and these efforts do not constitute formal discipline by the department.”
Spears’ attorney says that he’s calling attention to the matter because trooper Spears lacks any proper recourse.
“It’s weird; it’s nuts and we’re waiting on DPS to explain itself,” he said. “Everyone keeps asking me if this is an April fool’s joke. I say ‘no, I promise it’s not.'”
Long story short, DPS has no chill.
Image via Snoop Dogg, Instagram