Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Eagles fire disabled game-day employee for Facebook comments

After longtime Philadelphia Eagles safety Brian Dawkins signed a multi-year contract with the Denver Broncos last week, one of the team's game-day employees, Dan Leone, posted a message on his Facebook page reading: “Dan is [expletive] devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver. . .Dam [sic] Eagles R [sic] Retarted [sic]!!” Presumably, Leone meant "retarded," a strange word choice considering that Leone has a neurological disorder called transverse myelitis that "causes muscle fatigue and limits the range of motion in his limbs."

Regardless, the Eagles probably overreacted in dismissing the six-year employee (this incident is destined to be a Failure of the Day entry in Failure magazine), who served as the west gate chief at Lincoln Financial Field. If Leone had been a full-time employee his termination would have been warranted - for sure - but being a seasonal worker it would have been prudent for the Eagles to "let it go." Now the local media in Philly is portraying the Eagles as "thin-skinned" and overly sensitive to criticism, and popular sentiment seems to be on Leone's side as well.

Nevermind that the Eagles probably did the right thing in letting Dawkins leave, as $17 million over five years seems like too much money for Dawkins at this stage of his career. (Incidentally, the Eagles are now in the market for game day staffers at the Linc, as the following help wanted ad indicates.)

Anyone care to speculate how the Steelers would have handled such a situation?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

the steelers would have let him go, and replaced him with a guy from Ford Field in Detroit

4:56 PM  
Blogger JEFF said...

No, the Steelers would have won in the public sentiment area due to the fact that hey if you are a winner you can do nothing wrong unlike the sorry Eagles.

12:20 PM  

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