The Philadelphia Eagles have fired Dan Leone, a low-level stadium worker, for posting the following status update on his Facebook page:
“Dan is [expletive] devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver … Dam Eagles R Retarted!!”
I’m sure Mr. Leone signed some kind of employee-conduct form that gives the Eagles the legal cover they need to do this, but it’s lousy nonetheless. He works the gates–he’s probably a blue-blood Philly lifer who’s a fan first and employee second. He’s not a minority partner or assistant GM or director of media relations or anything like that. So consider this a pretty damnable overreaction on the part of the organization. Is it really so bad when a stiff from stadium operations goes off-message on Facebook? A guy from Philly might tell the Eagles to grow a pair.