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.


  1. If it were a photo of him from LAST WEEK, drinking directly out of a 40oz, and with a few half naked women around him I could understand.

    But it looks like a very tasteful shot of him WITH HIS WIFE, from THREE YEARS AGO. And they fired him because they happened to be holding an alcoholic bottle???

    Like every body else. Where is the crime?

    Maybe they were celebrating some event with friends,
    Maybe the bottle was a gift. (I don't drink but have received wine as a gift)
    Do they even know if he drinks???

    I feel sorry for the kids that are going to miss out but he is probably better off somewhere else anyway.

    Cause they would have caught him with something else Christians think is against God.

    listening to something other than gospel music.

    Watching an "R" rated movie,

    Doing a card trick.

  2. Watching an R rated movie IS most likely against God. Why do you think the R rating is there at all? Most R movies portray adultery or fornication OR they say G** dmn, which is taking the Lord's name in vain. (They ain't talking about some Hindu god, so don't imply they talking about another god).

  3. Most "BUT NOT ALL" is the key.
    And to think that watching any R movie is against God would be prejudging some classic well made movies that require and R rating to allow for truer realistic expressions.

    Here are a few of my favorite R movies that people may be missing out on.

    Passion of the Christ
    Saving Private Ryan
    Schindler's List
    True Grit
    Shawshank Redemption
    Murder ball

    1. I thought about movies like that before I posted. The only other reason for an "R" rating is when a movie depicts violence. Good point (as long as it's not glorifying violence).

  4. Miss Ann,

    This confirms my belief that social media is NOT to be taken lightly. A cautionary tale to all, "beware what you post on social media"!

    This is an old situation that doesn't warrant to be fired. But I wouldn't be surprised if the parent who "found" this picture wasn't trying to get back at coach for something he did. May be put the parent's child on the sidelines during a game?

    I would not encourage Bryant to take to the courts though. "Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust...?" (1 Corinthians 6:1-3).

    The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall NOT want...

  5. I just want to say, this idea of Jesus drinking “alcoholic or fermented” wine has GOT TO STOP!!!.

    Jesus Christ came to fulfill the Law (Matt. 5:17). According to the Law, no leaven was even allowed to be in one’s home (Exod. 12:15). Leaven is synonymous with yeast, the very substance which makes and exists in fermented wine. Since leaven pictures sin and corruption, the bread AND THE WINE in the Lord’s Supper could not have had any leaven or fermentation.

    And for many who would adopt to the feeding of their flesh to support their drinking (moderation or no moderation), using the story of Jesus very FIRST MIRACLE, turning water into wine as a justification for their action…STOP IT and GET OUTTA HERE!!! Jesus WOULD NEVER EVER TURN water into wine so that people would become DRUNK, or even “moderately” DRUNK!!!

    Even the prophet Habakkuk said in Habakkuk 2:15 “Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!”, And the wise man Solomon spoke in Proverbs 23:31-32 “Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.”

    These mere men admonished about wine in this fashion, yet somehow we are supposed to believe Jesus the GREAT PROPHET, and All-Wise God would somehow admonish differently? GIVE ME A BREAK PEOPLE!!!

    As to His miracle in JOHN 2, it is said that each pot at the wedding could hold up to 27-30 gallons. That would translate into 106-162 gallons of booze Jesus would have made for the guests. THAT’S A LOT OF LIQUOR, for that small crowd. And since Christianity is “practical”, where Christ is our “example”, it would be no problem for some to say then, “Since Jesus produced wine, it’s morally okay for us to produce, possibly even sell it or distribute it”.

    And when John wrote in John 2:10 “and when men have well drunk,”, he was not implying they were inebriated, rather there was enough “wine” (unfermented) for them to drink freely. And even at the end of the verse “but thou hast kept the good wine until now”, it’s referring to the “fresh fruit of the grape”. Although “wine” is used generically throughout the Bible, Christ’s use of the words “fruit of the vine” distinguishes the wine from the fermented type.

    The Pharisees called Jesus a "winebibber". For all you here who have so much insight judging folks having a "Pharisee" spirit, make sure you don't tell this same lie about Jesus, lest you become like them!!!


    1. @ Get Outta Here!!!

      I agree. The portion of scripture where Jesus turned water into wine is so misused and it is hard to argue against the fact that Jesus wouldn't have made men deliberately drunk ergo giving license to drunkenness.


      The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall NOT want...

  6. If it is ONLY grape juice and not wine why didn't the translators use the Greek work for grape juice? Did EVERY translation get it wrong? Even the precious KJV? These men who spent their lives in scholarship and doing translations decades or research you mean to tell me that they couldn't figure out the distinction between juice and wine?

    OR could it be that the translators had it right and it's ACTUALLY WINE that Jesus drank and did for his 1st miracle as well?

    Just an observation.

    -Big Chris

    1. The English word “wine,” found in the King James Bible and other English translations, is used to translate at least ten different Hebrew words and at least two Greek words.


      “For example, “yayin” (Hebrew) can refer to either fermented wine or unfermented grape juice. In Genesis 9:21, Noah drinks “yayin” and becomes inebriated, clearly indicating it can refer to an alcoholic wine. Isaiah 16:10, on the other hand, says that “the treaders shall tread out no wine [yayin] in their presses.” Since wine cannot become fermented while still in the grape, it only makes sense that the wine tread out of the grapes is unfermented.”

      This is just one of many examples where the generic word “wine” is used. Other Hebrew words like “shekar,” “enab,” “asis,” and “chemer” would help to support the distinction of wines.

      In addition to the Hebrew of the Old Testament, the Greek of the New Testament also
      gives validity of two wines in the Bible. Just as “yayin” is a general use of the word wine, including the meanings of fermented or unfermented, the Greek word “oinos” serves the same purpose. Revelation 17:2 says, “With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine [oinos] of her fornication.” demonstrates how “oinos” must also be able to refer to unfermented wine. In this case, the Bible clearly implies that “oinos” is fermented since the people become drunk from it, even though the passage speaks metaphorically. There are cases also where the word "oinos" is translates "wine", to mean "UNFERMENTED" AS WELL, as it was transliterated in Jhn 2:3 “And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.” The Greek word for both use of the word “wine” here is “oinos”, unfermented, as I explained in my previous post. Jesus did not encourage drunkedness.SO NO the TRANSLATORS did not get it WRONG!


      AND ALSO AGAIN, The WINE JESUS MADE was not FERMENTED. We gotta stop using the BIBLE our incorrect interpretation to SUPPORT fulfill the LUST of OUR FLESH - Big Chris....



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