Pay per head sportsbooks were very surprised when they learned that this past weekend, a teenager said that he lost his job in Tacoma, Washington, after being sent home for wearing a Denver Broncos jersey.
17-year-old Nathaniel Wentz said that he was fired by Odyssey 1 – a family entertainment center – because he didn’t return to work on Sunday. According to the company, he was sent home after being asked to change out of the jersey into a standard uniform.
But pay per head sportsbooks found out that Wentz told Colorado’s NBC affiliate KUSA-TV that he was fired for wearing a Broncos jersey.
“It was all about you can’t,” Wentz told KUSA. “You can’t represent your team. There’s something wrong with that.”
Pay per head sportsbooks know that on February 2, the Broncos will play the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.
Odyssey 1 acknowledged that on Sundays it invites employees to wear Seahawks jerseys so on game days they can “show support” for the team. Price per head services learned that on Tuesday, the company posted a statement on its Facebook page, claiming that employees aren’t allowed to wear other teams’ jerseys so they can “prevent possible conflicts.”
“To show support for the Seattle Seahawks on game day, our employees may choose to wear a Seahawks jersey in place of our standard uniform, which is required,” the company’s statement said. “To prevent any possible conflicts, the option of wearing other teams’ jerseys is not allowed.
“The employee reported to work in an unauthorized uniform and was asked to change into a standard uniform. Soon after he left to change into an accepted uniform, we received a phone call stating that he was not returning to work, leaving his position unfilled and creating extra stress for the staff covering his job on a busy weekend day.”
Randall Wentz, Wentz’s father, told KUSA that he called Odyssey 1 and asked to speak to the owner. According to Wentz, his son decided to stay home after the call wasn’t returned.
Nathaniel said that the next day he learned that he was fired.
He told KUSA that he wasn’t too worried about losing his job – at least he won’t have to work when the Broncos and Peyton Manning face the Seahawks and Richard Sherman, and pay per head sportsbooks will be watching.