A Seattle-area teen says he was sent home and later fired after he wore a Broncos jersey instead of a Seahawks jersey to his job at a local family fun center.
KING5 reports 17-year-old Nathaniel Wentz claims his employer, Odyssey 1 family entertainment center, told its workers they could wear football jerseys to support their team in the NFL playoffs Sunday.
Wentz, a diehard Broncos fan and a high school quarterback, tells the station he wore a Denver jersey to support his squad in its matchup against the New England Patriots. However, Wentz says his boss told him only Seahawks jerseys were allowed and he must go home and change.
Wentz’ father Daniel told the station he called Odyssey 1 and asked to speak with the owner about the situation before his son returned to work. The owner never called back according to Daniel Wentz, so his son stayed home.
Nathaniel Wentz later was informed he was being fired for not returning to work. He says he thinks Odyssey 1 was being unreasonable.
"It was all about you can’t. You can’t represent your team. There’s something wrong with that," he told KING5.
Odyssey 1 said in a Facebook posting that its employees only had the option of wearing a Seahawks jersey or a standard uniform, not any jersey they chose.
Nathaniel Wentz told KING5 that the silver lining to the situation is he will not have to work on Super Bowl Sunday, when his Broncos take on the Seahawks in the big game.