Just because the Packers lost in the NFC Championship Game doesn’t mean you’ve heard the last of crazy Wisconsin football fans. Like other football hotbeds, fans will do just about anything in their power to help their beloved teams. But imagine what you could do to help out if you were a cop!
A Wisconsin sheriff’s lieutenant used all the powers bestowed upon him by the law not to maintain the peace, but instead help out his son’s high school football team. Lt. Shawn Haney was fired for using his position as well as official reports in an attempt to weaken the Waunakee High School football team right before they were to play his son’s team in the state playoffs.
Two weeks before the state quarterfinals game on Nov. 3 in which DeForest defeated Waunakee, Haney gave documents to the Waunakee School District detailing the party on a farm where a teacher's aide lived.Through his lawyer, Lt. Haney thinks he did nothing wrong. Or, to be more precise, “I mean, really, come on.” But there was something wrong here. He should have stepped away from handling the case once it was blatantly clear there was a conflict of interest. And that’s why he was fired. Lt. Haney thinks it isn’t a big deal, but it was.
Then, days before the game, Haney called a top official at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletics Association to complain the district hadn't disciplined athletes at the party and urge action, according to his dismissal letter.
As crazy as this sounds, it isn’t. Not in Wisconsin.
"It's not like he was trying to influence the election of the governor," the lawyer said. "We're talking about two little tiny school districts. ... But this is Wisconsin. We do take our football kind of seriously."