HOUSTON – Two security guards working Sunday’s Houston Texans game claim they were fired after taking a picture with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Joel Williams, who was working security at Reliant Stadium, said he took his part-time job very seriously.
“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,” Williams said Monday.
But after the game, Williams said he was ready to clock out when he had a chance run-in with Brady.
“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.”
The interaction led to a picture of the two posing together.
“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."
Williams’ co-worker Christopher Moore also took a picture with the Patriots star quarterback.
He wonders why they were targeted, especially since he says he has seen other employees do the same.
“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 picture and asking for autographs from players.”
Contemporary Services Corporation, or CSC, sent KHOU 11 News this 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.”
However, Williams doesn’t believe he did anything wrong since he had completed his duties for the day.
“Throw away all the trash from the sidelines, escort all the people out, then we’re through.” Williams said.
In fact, the Texas South University graduate student said he will miss his part-time job.
“I loved the job, I loved interacting, being a part of it…just being on the field, just cool being a part of that.”