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Washington state teenager fired for wearing Denver Broncos jersey to work

Nathaniel Wentz was let go from the Odyssey 1 family entertainment center in Tacoma.

By Evan Bleier
Broncos fans go crazy during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on January 19, 2014 (File/UPI/Jamie Schwaberow) | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/c71ceed91416d6e93c88086cb98928e6/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Broncos fans go crazy during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on January 19, 2014 (File/UPI/Jamie Schwaberow) | License Photo

After a teen employee at a business in Tacoma, Wash., wore a Denver Broncos jersey to work on Sunday to show off his team spirit, he claims that management decided to sack him.

Management at the Odyssey 1 family entertainment center reportedly told Nathaniel Wentz to go home and change his Denver attire to a Seattle Seahawks jersey.

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His father, Randall, was unable to speak with the owner so the 17-year-old high school quarterback stayed home. He found out he had been fired the following day.

"It was all about you can't. You can't represent your team. There's something wrong with that," Nathaniel told KREM. "I'm a die hard.”

"We're very passionate about it," Randall added.

Even though the situation sounds like it should draw a penalty flag, apparently Odyssey 1 was playing by the rules.

"It's a petty move on the part of the employer," said Patrick Leo McGuigan of HKM Employment Attorneys in Seattle. "An employer has a common law right to terminate for no cause, good cause or a cause that's morally wrong, as the courts like to point out."

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Even though he’s a Broncos fan, some Seattle supporters think what happened to Nathanial is ridiculous.

"I think it's crazy," said Seahawks fan Bernie Crump. "We're civilized here. It's not like we live in Philadelphia!"

[KREM] [Oregon Live]

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