Tom Brady inadvertently got two guards fired on Sunday after the security personnel broke protocol to have their photographs taken with the New England Patriots star following the win over the Houston Texans.
The Patriots QB threw for 371 yards and two touchdown passes to lead his team to a narrow 34-31 win at the Reliant Stadium in Houston and, understandably, attracted plenty of attention post-game.
As Brady walked through the stadium after the Patriots victory, two opportunistic members of staff approached him and asked for a picture and, unlike some contemporaries, was happy to oblige.
"I said, ‘Hey Tom Brady, good job, good game man.’ He looked at me and smiled," security guard Joel Williams told KHOU.com. "He was very polite, very nice guy, humble. Sometimes I see players and say hello, and they just keep walking."
Williams and his co-worker Christopher Moore were both able to have a photograph taken with Brady, who then went on his way, but things soon took a turn for the worse for the pair of guards.
Contemporary Services Corporation rules stipulate its employees are forbidden from requesting autographs or photos from players so as not to compromise the safety of the individuals they are supposed to be guarding. And, although Williams concedes he knew the ruling, he was surprised to be relieved of his duties.
"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."
Moore, who was also fired, added: "What they say and what they practice are two different things.
"What we see on a daily basis, whether it be Reliant or CSC employees, is them taking picture and asking for autographs from players."