Posted December 03, 2013

Security guards at Reliant Stadium say they were fired for taking photos with Tom Brady

AFC East, AFC South, Houston Texans, New England Patriots

(Via KHOU 11 News)

These photos cost two security guards their jobs at Reliant Stadium. (Via KHOU 11 News)

Tom Brady dashed hopes in Houston on Sunday when he rallied the New England Patriots back from a 10-point first-half deficit to defeat the Houston Texans 34-31. But the damage in Houston didn’t stop there. Brady also apparently cost two Reliant Stadium security guards their jobs after the whistle.

On Monday, Joel Williams and Christopher Moore claimed they were fired for taking pictures with the Patriots’ QB after the game.

Williams says he ran into Brady after the game, shortly before Williams was supposed to end his shift. “Immediately after I took the picture, I got ran down by a supervisor,” Williams  told KHOU 11 News Monday. “They didn’t really give a reason, they said you know you’re wrong and you’re fired.”

Moore, who also took a photo with Brady, wonders if a double-standard was applied when he and Williams lost their job.

“What they say and what they practice are two different things,” Moore told KHOU 11, “What we see on a daily basis, whether it be Reliant or CSC employees, is them taking picture and asking for autographs from players.”

CSC, Contemporary Services Corporation, responded in a statement: “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 said he knows photos are against the rules (“When you are at your post and you’re doing your job, you’re not supposed to take pictures with anybody because your job is to secure that area,” he said), but believes he should have been spared because he had completed his responsibilities as a security guard.

15 comments
AlbonCharles
AlbonCharles

But hey, at least I made Sports Illustrated.....AND had that beautiful boy Tom Brady next to me. 

Yea girl, me an Tom? we be friends

JoshBrendlinger
JoshBrendlinger

yeah if his shift or something was over then he shouldnt get fired

crosstownbus42
crosstownbus42

I worked as a Charter bus driver for a major New York area carrier and transported NFL teams to and from games at Metro Life Stadium. It is strictly forbidden to fraternize or mingle in any way with the players and also it is just not professional. These security guards knew better.

MikeHarrison
MikeHarrison

They violated rules of the job and got fired. Where exactly is the wrongful firing at?

BlueZoo
BlueZoo

Absolutely ridiculous!  The game was over and there was no area to "secure."  Have you ever waited for a player after an NFL game?  They don't just skip to the locker room and skip out!  They take an interminably long time showering and getting dressed in street clothes.  Now, two people are without jobs at this time of year because we're so damned idiotic about something like this!  We're not talking about requesting a photo with the President here!  We're talking about a football player!  Geez...

jbc123
jbc123

Time for all you Brady haters to climb out of your Mom's basement and start knocking  TB. This was just another example of  nice guy Tom being himself. I wouldn't be surprised if a few well placed phone calls were made and this decision is reversed upon further review.

rthompson
rthompson

I am not surprised. I work at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the New Orleans Arena. Every year we have briefings before football and basketball season starts. In these meetings we are instructed that we cannot take pictures of any players. They know the rules and have no one to blame but themselves.


George
George

"Williams said he knows photos are against the rules "

Sorry, case closed.  Security is serious business.   Imagine the Secret Service agents posing, pointing with a big mile at the POTUS.   Again, security can be and sometimes IS a life&death business.

Janitor ... yes.  Security ... NO

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

"Williams said he knows photos are against the rules (“When you are at your post and you’re doing your job, you’re not supposed to take pictures with anybody because your job is to secure that area,” he said)"

Me cannot umber stand why I gots fired! 

RyanM.DiMare
RyanM.DiMare

Wrong game . Patriots never trailed by 24 in this game ! (Fixed. Thanks.)

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@jbc123 Part of the reason that policies like this exist is because nice guys like Tom Brady don't want to be hassled by stadium or team employees who they can't reasonably avoid.   I wouldn't be surprised if a few well placed phone calls prior to this incident are the reason that they got fired (ie, maybe they had been bothering other players for pictures, or maybe other employees had).

Nuschler
Nuschler

@ITATTRACTS Next Time finish his quote:

"...but believes he should have been spared because he had completed his responsibilities as a security guard."

so d'uh ITATTRACTS!

MoeLarryAndJesus
MoeLarryAndJesus

@ITATTRACTS What's with the stupid fake dialect?

Oh, I get it, ignorant racist jokes are how you amuse your self.


kingwhat
kingwhat

@RyanM.DiMare  How about tyhe Si take by the Eagle: Tom Brady cost 2 security guards their jobs. No, Si, the guards cost themselves their jobs by breaking rules. This anti Patriot media casting is out of hand. And, I am a subscriber and not happy.