Columbus Pizza Boy Fired For Making Comments About Ohio State’s Defense To Luke Fickell’s Wife
In one of the stranger stories you’ll read today, a Columbus pizza boy has been fired for comments he made about Ohio State’s defense, according to CBS Sports. The pizza boy, whose name was not released and who therefore will be addressed as Pizza Boy in this story, made the comments to none other than the wife of co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. It seems that there are two sides to this story. Let’s flesh them out here and now:
Pizza Boy’s story: Amy Fickell called to order a pizza sometime last month. We’re not sure if she wanted pepperoni or plain, but that’s not important. Apparently during the phone call, Pizza Boy made comments regarding the Buckeyes’ lack of tackling and overall poor play on defense.
According to Pizza Boy, when he went into work the next day, his boss told him that Amy Fickell had called and complained, apparently feeling belittled by his comments about the defense. He was then fired. The report did not disclose whether Pizza Boy was able to keep his uniform.
The Fickell’s/Ohio State’s Story: In response to the situation, Ohio State released a statement on Thursday. Here’s the statement as it is quoted in CBS’s story:
“A slight (or a flippant remark or an inappropriate comment) was made by an employee of a retail establishment to Mrs. Fickell. The Fickells DID NOT call the manager to complain,” the statement said. “The manager found out about the incident (presumably from someone at the restaurant). The manager called the Fickells … to ask what was said by his employee. They told him.
“And just like they did not place a call to complain, they also did not ask that anyone be fired. In fact, they feel terrible that this person lost his job. All they did was order pizza.”
I’m beginning to get worried that we’ll never know what exactly happened on that fateful day last month. Did the Fickells call and complain? Did the Pizza Boy get to keep his uniform? What was on the pizza? Will he ever get to deliver pizzas again? For justice’s sake, I hope these questions are answered someday soon. But the facts remain: Pizza boy was right, Ohio State can’t tackle. And now he is out of a job, and it’s neither Romney’s nor Obama’s fault.