Texans autograph gets single mother fired from job

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 8, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 12:57 PM

HOUSTON -- A single mother thought she scored big for her 2-year-old son with an autograph from Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson. She couldn’t have been more wrong.

The signed piece of paper cost Dhieyla Rogers her job as a security guard at the Baylor Clinic on Cambridge Street.

Rogers was on duty at the hospital Wednesday morning when she saw number 80 get off the elevator and walk to the valet.

“I didn’t even ask Andre Johnson directly. I asked his representative,” explained Dhieyla Rogers. “I asked him, 'Is it okay if I ask Andre Johnson for an autograph for my son?' He says, verbatim, 'Sure, but no pictures.'”

Rogers says she quickly spelled her son’s name for Johnson and got the autograph with no problems.

She found out 15 minutes that she was in trouble at work.

“[My boss said] they want you terminated because per policy, you are not allowed to harass the Texans players when they come here for treatment,” said Rogers.

According to Rogers, her boss told her she had “broken Baylor policy”. Boss says she was unaware that any such policy existed, especially since she’s employed through a subcontractor.

“I’ve never signed or seen a policy that was in effect that said subcontractors or anyone in this building is not allowed to approach an athlete,” said Rogers.

Rogers says she had to turn her badge in immediately and leave the building.

She also claims her boss told her that the Texans wanted the autograph back.

“Oh yeah, you’re a fan, but we want our autograph back from a 2-year-old,” said Rogers. “I don’t think I have to give it back. I’m not going to give it back. It belongs to me.”

A Texans spokesman told KHOU this must’ve been a misunderstanding. He said the Texans did not ask for the autograph back and wouldn’t have been involved.

Baylor College of Medicine would not comment on Rogers’ termination, saying that it “does not comment on personnel issues”.

Baylor would not elaborate on its policy pertaining to autographs and would only say that the hospital “values patient privacy”.

Rogers says she has no regrets and feels she did nothing wrong.

She has been in touch with the subcontractor she worked for and is hoping she can get another job at a new location.

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