A Texas trooper has received disciplinary action following an incident involving rapper Snoop Dogg. The Daily Caller reports that Billy Spears, a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety, received a reprimand and was ordered to have counseling.
The incident involved Spears’ posing in uniform for a photo with Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus. The photo op took place whene Spears was working security during Snoop’s keynote address at South by Southwest in Austin.
“One of Broadus’ assistants took a picture of the rapper posing with Spears, who was wearing his DPS uniform. Spears was not working for DPS at the time, but had gained their prior approval,” the story reports.
The trouble happened after the photo appeared on Snoop’s Instagram account, including a caption reading: “Me n my deputy dogg.” The rapper has also gone by the name Snoop Lion since 2012, following a trip to Jamaica to pursue reggae music and the Rastafarian movement.
A counseling record published by the trooper’s attorney, Ty Clevenger, states: “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.”