Security Guards Fired for Taking Pics with Quarterback Tom Brady
Joel Williams and Christopher Moore were both employed at Reliant Stadium in Houston by Contemporary Services Corporation, which calls itself the "leader in crowd management." The Patriots had beaten the Texans 34 to 31. Just before they were to punch out for the day, they ran into Brady, whom Williams described as a "very polite, very nice guy."
"I said, 'Hey Tom Brady good game, it was excellent,' " Williams said in an interview with KTRK. "You're my favorite quarterback and all that good stuff. And he said, 'Why thank you.' "
Then Williams and Moore asked Brady if he would pose for pictures with the two of them. Brady was willing. Only, CSC supervisors were a good deal less happy, as the company stadium apparently had policy prohibiting personnel from requesting photographs or pictures, according to a statement reportedly given to KTRK:
Williams, a part-time guard who is a graduate student in public administration at Texas South University, gets the underlying concept. "When you're at your post and you're doing your job, you're not supposed to take any pictures with anybody because your job is to secure the area," he said in his interview with KHOU. "What happened was I was already relieved of my duty and that's when I chose to take the picture." He also said that he had never been reprimanded by his employers before.
It is strictly against CSC policy for its employees to request photos or autographs from players. CSC stands by its decision to terminate the two employees who violated this policy.
"There have been times before when I had taken pictures with other people that weren't Tom Brady and weren't winners or people who had just defeated the Texans and it was perfectly OK," Williams said in an interview on WHDH.
Williams thinks that being fired may have been the result of three factors, as he told KTRK:
"What they say and what they practice are two different things," said Moore in an interview with CBSSports.com. "What we see on a daily basis, whether it be Reliant or CSC employees, is them taking picture and asking for autographs from players."
"I think it was three things: I think first of all, they were upset the Texans lost. I think second of all, because they lost in the fourth quarter. And then third of all, because it was Tom Brady," Williams said.
There are other possible reasons why management may have had the policy in the first place. Some athletes and celebrities dislike talking with people after a game or performance. Managers may have been concerned that CSC's relationship with Reliant could face damage if the stadium received complaints from people with pull about being approached.
Williams told KHOU that he would miss working at Reliant: "I loved the job, I loved interacting, being a part of it...just being on the field, just cool being a part of that."
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