Some people take sports seriously. Others take it too seriously. In Chicago, where the rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears is hotter than their pizza -- fans walk a fine line, especially during Super Bowl season.
Thirty-four-year-old John Stone learned that the hard way, when he was fired from his job as a car salesman for sporting a Green Bay Packers tie to work yesterday morning.
Whoa whoa whoa, let me get this straight ... he was fired for wearing a tie? WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO!?
Apparently there was little room for joking around Webb Chevrolet after the Bears 21-14 loss to the Packers in Sunday's NFC Championship game. According to Stone, he was approached three times by his general manager, Jerry Roberts, about the tie: Twice in jest and a third and final time for termination.
Roberts defended his actions to the Chicago Sun Times, saying that the dealership spends $20,000 a month on advertising with the Bears and the tie was "undoing their [hard] work."
The killer: Stone says he was wearing the tie to honor his grandmother's love for the Packers. His grandmother recently passed away and was buried last Friday. Oh John, my heart breaks for you.
Is this really what sports rivalry has come to? The father of two is actually a great car salesman, according to his manager, and sold 14 cars within the last month. He did not deserve this at all. Sure, I may not be the world's biggest sports fan -- but this is just crossing the line. When did being a sports team loyalist make it OK to take discriminate against others in the work place? And what makes this type of discrimination any different than that based on gender or race?
Stone claims that he was never "seriously" asked to remove his tie. What happened to giving a man a fighting chance? If you ask me, this is a ridiculous case of UNfriendly competition and sports fanaticism going WAY too far.
See the entire ESPN interview with John Stone here:
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