Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reportedly finds himself subject to a light censure by the Arkansas Ethics Commission because of a gift he made to police officers in his hometown last season, according to Arkansas media outlets.
Jones treated North Little Rock officers and their families to a Cowboys game, also providing airfare and hotel rooms when they made the trips over the latter part of the 2016 season. The effort was valued at more than $300,000. But a complaint was filed that alleged it violated the law on gifts for public servants.
The Arkansas Ethics Commission agreed Friday that an unintentional violation was committed. Jones made a personal appearance to defend his gift, reportedly saying that he didn't view the gifts as a reward for police work but to send a positive message of the work police volunteer to do when they're not on duty. Jones reportedly felt so strongly about it that he refused to accept a settlement in the matter.