TACOMA, Wash. (CBS Seattle) — A teenager claims he was fired from his job at a Tacoma entertainment center for wearing a Denver Broncos jersey to work.
Nathaniel Wentz, 17, told KUSA-TV that he was sent home by Odyssey 1 – a jungle gym and laser tag center – for wearing his Broncos jersey into work on Sunday.
“It was all about you can’t. You can’t represent your team. There’s something wrong with that,” the teen told KUSA.
After Nathaniel was sent home, his father, Randall Wentz, called the center to talk to the owner. The owner reportedly did not call back and Nathaniel did not go back into work.
The Broncos fan was then informed Monday that he was fired.
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Odyssey 1 released a statement on Facebook saying that staff is only allowed to wear Seattle Seahawks gear, and not other teams’ jerseys, in an effort to prevent any conflict.
“The employee reported to work in an unauthorized uniform and was asked to change into a standard uniform,” the statement reads. “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.”
The Seahawks will face the Broncos on Feb. 2 in the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
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