Two security guards at Reliant Stadium in Houston were fired this past weekend when they asked New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to take a photo with them.
Christopher Moore and Joel Williams were part-time workers for the stadium, according to the USA Today. Williams said that his duties were done for the day, so he was confused about his firing.
“Immediately after I took the picture, I got ran down by a supervisor,” Williams said to KHOU. “They didn’t really give a reason. They said, you know, you’re wrong and you’re fired.”
Contemporary Services Corporation, who provides the security for the stadium, said that they have a strict policy against employees requesting photos or autographs, according to Yahoo Sports.
“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,” CSC said in a statement to KHOU.
Moore told KHOU that he has seen other employees do the same without incident, so he was curious why he and Williams were targeted.
“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.”