Texas Trooper Ordered to Undergo Counseling... For Posing for Picture with Snoop Dogg

In the department of overreactions, a state trooper in Texas has not only been reprimanded, but ordered to undergo counseling. His crime? Posing for a photo with  Snoop Dogg at the South by Southwest festival in Austin. Snoop Dogg is not just a celebrity, after all. He's a celebrity with a few convictions for drug possession on his record. Therein lies the rub.

It should be noted that trooper Billy Spears did not initiate the idea of the having his picture taken with Snoop Dogg. Spears was just minding his own business, working security at the festival when the celebrity approached him and asked to take a picture with him. Snoop then posted the image to his Instagram account along with the comment  “Me n my deputy dogg”, according to AP.

Some higher ups in the Department of Public Safety and Transportation caught the post, and cited Spears for "deficiencies." These "deficiencies" require counseling by a supervisor. Sounds a little less like counseling than possibly being yelled at for a while.

Then again, maybe it will really be counseling. So, trooper Spears, how long have you had a desire to take your picture with celebrities with criminal records?

Here's the daming evidence:


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