Dan Leone: Fired For Speaking His Mind

Sixty Feet, Six Inches Correspondent IMarch 10, 2009

By now, you've probably read the story of Dan Leone.

He was a stadium employee for the Philadelphia Eagles. Leone worked there seasonally as a game-day employee as the west gate chief. I'm not sure what those job duties entail, but I'm guessing he probably worked at the west gate, and was pretty highly ranked as compared to his feeble underlings.

But, all of that is no matter now, because he's been fired.

Last week, he posted a status update on Facebook that read:

"Dan is [expletive] devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver...Dam Eagles R Retarted!!"

Now, spelling errors aside, that's nothing compared to what the majority of Eagles fans felt when Brian Dawkins left the team. Still, it was enough to get him fired, which I think is just a tad ridiculous.

Firstly, what Eagles employee has the job of checking up on all the seasonal employees on Facebook? Because that seems like a pretty useless job. The Eagles should probably cut that position.

Secondly, Leone is a fan first and an employee second. We all say things about our teams sometimes in Leone's vein, but that doesn't mean we hate or disrespect the team. I was pretty upset when the Steelers let Bryant McFadden go over to Arizona this year, but that doesn't mean I'm no longer a Steelers fan and I don't think the team is full of bad people because of it.

At any rate, Leone certainly shouldn't be FIRED for this. Warned or disciplines, maybe. Forced to give a formal apology (which he says he's already done more than 20 times) maybe, but fired? That's ridiculous.

Just one more reason to hate Philadelphia.

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