Americans take their sports advertising way seriously >>A Chicago-area car salesman was fired for wearing a Green Bay Packers necktie to work.
John Stone, 34, wore the tie to his job at John Webb Chevrolet in suburban Oak Lawn the day after the Packers' victory against their archrival, the Chicago Bears, for a National Football League conference championship.
Stone told WGN-TV he wore the tie in honour of his recently deceased grandmother, a lifelong Packer fan.
He was fired for refusing to take it off.
Stone's choice of neckwear did not sit well with Jerry Roberts, the general manager at John Webb Chevrolet.
Roberts told WGN that Webb Chevrolet has an advertising relationship with the Bears, and he fired Stone for wearing the Packer tie.
"I don't feel that it was appropriate for him to go in directly in contrast with an advertising campaign that we spend a lot of money on," Roberts told WGN.
At first, when Roberts told him he was fired, Stone said he thought he was kidding.
Stone said he volunteered to cover up the tie by zipping up his jacket. "He said 'You're fired, get out,'" Stone told WGN.
"My grandmother loved the Green Bay Packers - the Packers was her team. I don't know why that was, with her being in Chicago," Stone told WGN. "I love you grandma, and I love my Packers."
- Stone has already landed another job.
Cesario said he saw Stone interviewed on WGN-TV Monday about the firing, and liked how Stone presented himself. "Good salesman are real hard to find right now," Cesario said. "You could tell he's a really good salesman."