OAK LAWN, Ill. -- A Chicago man has been fired for refusing to remove the Green Bay Packers tie he wore to work the day after the Packers beat the Chicago Bears.

John Stone was working as a car salesman at Webb Chevrolet in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn. He says he wore the Packers tie Monday to honor his late grandmother, who was a big Green Bay fan.

But that kind of sentimentality didn't impress his boss, Jerry Roberts.

Roberts says the dealership has done promotions involving the Bears and he was afraid the tie could alienate the team's fans and make it harder to sell cars.

Roberts adds that Stone was offered five chances to take of the tie and refused to do it.