Sep 30, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; General view of the jerseys of Denver Broncos players Peyton Manning (18), Champ Bailey (18), Knowshon Moreno (27) and Elvis Dumervil (92) at the team store before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Bronco fan fired in Tacoma for wearing team jersey to work


Everyone knows that all is fair in love and war, but apparently things can be very unfair when it comes to supporting a football team. Especially when you are behind enemy lines and your team is preparing to do battle in the Super Bowl.

Nathaniel Wentz has found this out the hard way.

The teen-aged Denver Broncos fan was reportedly fired from his job in Tacoma, WA., after he wore a team jersey to work. Apparently Seattle Seahawks fans are taking this game very personally.

But all is not lost for Wentz. A Seattle law firm has come to his aid to show the young man the true spirit of sportsmanship.  HKM Employment Attorneys LLP, a law firm that represents terminated workers, is collecting job offers and supportive messages for the out-of-work teen, and is sending Wentz a new Peyton Manning jersey and Broncos cap.

Fans from any team around the NFL can leave job offers and supportive messages for Wentz at www.hkm.com.

“We probably can’t help him get his job back, but we can show him the true spirit of sportsmanship and maybe even help him find a better job,” said Dan Kalish, an HKM attorney and fervent Seahawks fan.

Firing an employee for supporting a rival football team apparently is not illegal under Washington’s “at will” employment laws

“Firing someone for unfair reasons does not make it illegal, but our entire firm thought the termination was undeniably unsportsmanlike and we wanted to do something about it,” said Kalish. “Hopefully, Mr. Wentz quickly finds a new job where his talents and enthusiasm are appreciated, and hopefully he and his team don’t have cause to celebrate on Sunday. Go Hawks!”

Tags: Denver Broncos Seattle Seahawks

  • Craig

    He was fired for not coming back to work after showing up in dress that went against the company code. He would been fired if he was in a Brown’s jersey.

    • adams12

      Thank you! The owner’s of this business have been unfairly portrayed since this story broke. He was asked to wear a Seahawks jersey, he didn’t, was sent home to change and refused to come back, a fact that he and his parents have NEVER mentioned. They both need to grow up.