The CEO of North Carolina's largest local enforcer of alcohol laws has revoked an employee's bass fishing sponsorship amid a state investigation into conflicts of interest.
The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that Jim Beam's corporate backing of a competitive angler who also manages an Alcohol Beverage Control warehouse has been pulled. In exchange for $3,200 in expenses over the last three years, Kevin Helms put Jim Beam logos on his jersey, hat and boat.
Mecklenburg County ABC Board CEO Calvin McDougal ended the endorsement after media revealed top staff and their spouses were treated to a $9,000 steak dinner from international distiller Diageo. McDougal and other employees have repaid the money.
The state ABC commission is investigating.