- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 1, 2015

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is allowing all incarcerated military veterans in his jurisdiction to enjoy popcorn on Sunday as they watch the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks for Super Bowl XLIX.

Sheriff Arpaio, of Maricopa County, where the NFL championship game will be played, held an event Saturday at which he popped the popcorn and predicted a 27-17 win for the Patriots, Raw Story reported.

The sheriff’s office said in a statement that all of the more than 8,000 inmates in Maricopa County jails will have the opportunity to watch the game, but the popcorn “is restricted to the approximately 700 inmates in the tents and the veterans.”

But the man, who bills himself as “America’s toughest sheriff,” isn’t getting too soft: The popcorn will be unbuttered and unsalted.

“I’ve taken away meat, salt and butter to save the taxpayers money,” Sheriff Arpaio said in a statement. “So while they will get popcorn for this special event, they’ll be eating it without salt or butter.”

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