New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was in a giving mood following his team's 34-31 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday, Dec. 1, as he posed for photos with two Reliant Stadium security guards. However, those seemingly innocent photos ultimately cost the guards their jobs.
According to Rekha Muddaraj of KHOU 11 News in Houston, security guards Joel Williams and Christopher Moore were fired after it was determined that taking a photo with a player is against the policy of the Contemporary Services Corporation.
One of the photos in question featuring Brady and Williams can be seen here, courtesy of TooAthletic.com:
According to Williams in an interview with Muddaraj, he didn't intend to get his picture taken with Brady, but Brady was so nice that he couldn't pass up the opportunity.
“I said, ‘Hey Tom Brady, good job, good game man.’ He looked at me and smiled,” Williams said. “He was very polite, very nice guy, humble. Sometimes I see players and say hello, and they just keep walking.”
Williams revealed that right after he was caught taking a picture with Brady, he was terminated.
“Immediately after I took the picture, I got ran down by a supervisor,” Williams said. “They didn't really give a reason, they said you know you’re wrong and you’re fired."
Even though taking a photo with a player may be against the CSC's policy, Moore claims that the CSC is being hypocritical and selective in its enforcement of the rules.
"What they say and what they practice are two different things,” Moore said, “What we see on a daily basis, whether it be Reliant or CSC employees, is them taking pictures and asking for autographs from players.”
Despite Moore's contention, the CSC believes that firing Williams and Moore was consistent with the guidelines it has in place.
“It is strictly against CSC policy for its employees to request photos or autographs from players," the organization said in a statement to KHOU 11 News. "CSC stands by its decision to terminate the two employees who violated this policy.”
Williams argued that his termination is unfair due to the fact that he had already completed his job for the day at the time the photo was taken.
“Throw away all the trash from the sidelines, escort all the people out, then we’re through,” Williams said.
Williams and Moore had a firsthand look at what was arguably Sunday's best game as the Patriots rallied from a 17-7 deficit at halftime to defeat the Texans by a score of 34-31.
Brady threw for 371 yards and two touchdowns in the game, helping New England improve to 9-3, while Houston dropped to 2-10.
Unfortunately for Williams and Moore, an otherwise exciting day was marred by a decision that can certainly be viewed as both rash and unfair.
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