“Dan is [expletive] devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver. . .Dam Eagles R Retarted!!”
That was Dan Leone’s Facebook status after finding out his favorite team and employer, the Philadelphia Eagles, had not re-signed defensive back Brian Dawkins.
Hours later, Dan was unemployed.
When I first heard this, I couldn’t believe it. The Eagles are really going to fire someone over their Facebook status? Give me a break. But then I thought about it from a different perspective. If I went into my boss’ office, told him I didn’t like what he was doing, then called him a retard, I’m fairly confident that would end my tenure with that company.
So why do so many Americans think Dan Leone is being treated unfairly?
I don’t have an answer for that, but I do understand why Leone is no longer employed.
In the culture we live in today, social media networks play an enormous role in our decision making process. If I am running a business, I can’t have my employees talking about how “retarded” I am and how he doesn’t agree with what I am doing. It shows a lack of unification, instability and creates a bad PR image with the public.
I’m sure Dan Leone meant no real harm in posting his Facebook status, and he has apologized over and over for his actions, but I think Mr. Leone needs to realize when he has made a career ending mistake and stop complaining about his unemployment status.
For the full details on his Dan’s firing, check out this interview on myfoxfilly.com.
Dan, my suggestion to you is to stop bad mouthing your “favorite” team, own up to the fact that you committed career suicide (if you want to call working the gate at Lincoln Financial Field a career) and keep your Facebook status to things like, “Dan is at the grocery store,” or, “Dan is looking for a job.”