Former First-round Pick Fernando Bryant Says He Was Fired From High School Job For Social Media Post????
Reader, this is craziness. So this school requires that all of its employees be born-again Christians, right. And so they hired Fernando Bryant, who is a Christian, as head football coach. A parent found a 3-year-old photo on social media of Fernando and his wife holding a bottle of alcohol and then the school fired him 3 weeks after they gave him the job.
Normally, I stand by a religious institute, like a school, to hire and fire according to their beliefs. The freedom of religion matters, after all, and I'm sick of people trying to impose or force a religiously based group into an action that is against their religion. But there are times when a group fires someone based on what they claim is a violation of their rules as a religious group, and the firing is complete BS. This is one such case, and I hope the fired dude sues them for breach of contract and takes his pound of flesh for how they treated him.
The story from Facebook:
Fernando Bryant, who was a first-round draft pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1999, and played professionally for 10 years, is no longer in football and had gotten hired at a Christian highschool, to be the head coach of their football team. (going from the NFL to working for a school with kids is a great move in my opinion, so I'm also upset about this because I think he did something great with that career choice that many former players don't do, and he's getting kicked in the teeth for it). The school has rules, among which you have to be a born-again Christian to be hired. As I said, a religious institute. That is their right. He signed a contract and was hired.
And then a three-year-old post his wife made on social media platform Instagram had the school demanding he resigns. When he refused, they fired him. What was the offending picture? Him standing there, with his wife, holding a bottle of liquor. The contract never said that employees could not drink (and while abstinence is normal in some Christian communities, I don't recall it in the Bible. In fact, I recall Jesus himself having some wine from time to time....), and never mentioned social media guidelines.
This is a man who has 10 years professional experience, and a Super Bowl ring, who turned down other job offers to take this one, because he is a Christian and wanted to work in that environment and with those kids, and he is fired because a parent (I hate these kinds of parents by the way. It is always some self-righteous ___who doesn't like something she sees, that 10,000 other people saw and never gave a__ about, who raises a stink!) saw a three year old picture his wife posted, and a photo that 99.999% of us would never even blink at, and didn't like it. I hope he sues. I hope he takes his pound of flesh. This is obscene, and it stole something from him he wanted and stole from those kids a chance to study and play under him. That's my take.