Joel Williams claims he was fired for taking a photo with Tom Brady. (KHOU.com)
(CBSSports.com) Two security guards working Sunday's Patriots-Texans game at Reliant Stadium say they were fired after taking a picture with quarterback Tom Brady following New England's 34-31 victory.
"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," Joel Williams told KHOU.com on Monday.
"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."
Brady and Williams took a photo together and that's when things took a turn for the worst.
"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 photo with the Patriots' quarterback. And he too was fired.
"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."
CSC, which stands for Contemporary Services Corporation, issued this statement to KHOU.com:
"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."
For his part, Williams says he didn't break any rules because he had finished his shift.
It's just too bad no one talked to Tonestradamus about how this would all play out. He could have warned them ahead of time and saved their jobs.
Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports