Security Guards Fired for Taking Pics with Quarterback Tom Brady

CSC had policy prohibiting picture-taking

WHDH
Two security guards at a Texas stadium reportedly have been fired for taking a picture with Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots, shortly after the team beat the hometown Houston Texans in a game on Sunday, according to a KHOU report.

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:

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.

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.

"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:

"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.

"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."

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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Zammit Kong

Are we supposed to feel sorry for them? If they didn't know the rules of their job that's their problem. Thanks for sharing your complete waste of space story with us.

December 04 2013 at 9:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Berger

Policy is in place for a reason. They new the rules and choose to break them. I hope they realize that and do better in the future.

December 04 2013 at 9:30 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
David Crowe

This is as cheap as it gets, give these guys a break. Who can really blame them for wanting a picture of them with one of the best QB's of all time ? I can't. Total b.s.

December 04 2013 at 9:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Capo Chino

ON HIS OWN TIME. NO RULES BROKEN. ON HIS OWN TIME HE CAN DO AS HE WISHES WITHIN HIS RIGHTS.

December 04 2013 at 6:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Zammit Kong

That's like saying if a guy was working at a dynamite factory and walks around the plant with a lite cigarette after he punches out, then wonders why he was fired for it. "Hey? I was off the clock, yo! I can do what I wants!"

December 04 2013 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DMC

Hey could of just been star struck and not used his head and remembered the rules... A warning should of been enough... Hire him back.

December 04 2013 at 6:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Keith

this guy really can't complain - he broke rules that as a part of his employment he agreed to abide by, whether he was still at his post or not, he was still ON THE CLOCK and being paid. Plus in Texas, it is a right to work state, which means that the employer can fire you for any reason they want to and they really don't have to tell you. They can dislike the color of your shirt and let you go. Sorry but he broke the rules, whether people think its right or wrong. His reasons as to why they fired him are so ludicrous. I'm waiting for him to file some kind of wrongful termination lawsuit and claim it was racially motivated. You break the rules, you will have to deal with the consequences. Whether or not you have ever been disciplined before or not doesn't matter, you still did wrong

December 04 2013 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Noosic

I think a formal warning would have sufficed. Termination seems a little harsh.

December 04 2013 at 6:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Michael Vondracek

If you read the article they were on the clock and even if they weren't, they were still on the premises which would still subjugate them to the rules. That being said firing them if they have no previous history of discipline is an extreme measure and they should have subjected them to a progressive disciplinary process.

December 04 2013 at 3:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TooLate

...look, Williams just figured the rules / policies don't apply to 'black' people. He should do well in 'public administration' where the rules don't apply to the administrators.

December 04 2013 at 3:15 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Capo Chino

YOUR REALLY IGNORANT REALLY PREDUDICE . YOUR STATEMENT PROVES THIS OK !

December 04 2013 at 6:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
frank

Yea !! Well !! Sometimes you roll the dice and you take your chances !!

December 04 2013 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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