Eagles “Can” Their Man…Then Their Fan

Posted: April 3, 2009 by Michael Leess in POP - pop culture
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In late February, the Philidelphia Eagles made the decision to let safety Brian Dawkins sign with the Denver Broncos.  Very few of the city’s football fans were happy to see Dawkins go, as he was a fan favorite and often considered one of the key elements of the Eagles’ defense.  I’m sure that relatively innocent moans and groans of malcontent could be heard at water coolers and watering holes across the city.  But according to the Philadelphia Inquirer and subsequently ESPN.com, one fan’s comments on his Facebook status cost him his job.

The Facebook page of Dan Leone, a Philly resident who obviously has a love/hate relationship with the city’s NFL team, displayed proudly that, “Dan is f***ing devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver…Dam Eagles R Retarded!!”  Days later, our man Dan got a phone call from his boss letting him know that his services would no longer be needed.  The string that ties all of this together?  (You’re on the edge of your seat, I can tell.)  Leone was an Eagles stadium operations employee.

Apparently, the Eagle bigwigs didn’t take too kindly to Dan’s comments.  I guess I can see where they’re coming from, if I squint really, really hard.  Sure, no company wants its own employees speaking out against it, and the fact that Dannyboy described the Eagles’ front office as “retarded” sure wasn’t going to win him a spot on the Employee of the Month plaque.  But is nothing sacred?  Should Mr. Leone’s opinion as a fan be silenced just because the team he lives and dies with is writing his check each week?

I suppose it is a question for the ages.  The lesson to be learned here, though, is to think before you post – especially if you have something to lose.  The only thing that I’m left wondering is: Which one of the Eagles’ front office guys was spending his day Facebook stalking the operations department staff??

~ Michael Leess

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