Texans security guard fired for Tom Brady picture

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 11:48am

A Houston man says he lost his job because he took advantage of a photo-op with Patriots star Tom Brady, but his former employer says he broke the rules, Rekha Muddaraj has the details.

Joel Williams was working security at Reliant Stadium Sunday, a part-time job he took very seriously, "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."

But after the game, Williams said h e was ready to clock out when he had a chance run-in with Patriots star Tom Brady, "I said, 'Hey how you doing Brady, good job, good game man. He looked at me and smiled. He was very polite, very nice guy, humble guy. I see players all the time and sometimes I try to speak to them and sometimes they just keep walking."

The interaction led to this picture and this picture of fellow employee Christopher Moore with the NFL superstar, Joel Williams, "And immediately after I took the picture, I get ran down by a supervisor. They didn't really give a reason, they said you now, you know you wrong and you're fired."

Contemporary Services Corporation, or CSC, sent this 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."

However, Williams doesn't believe he did anything wrong since he had completed his duties for the day, "Throw away all the trash from the sideline seats, then we escort all the people out, then we're through."

In fact, the Texas Southern University graduate student said he will miss his part-time job.

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