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.