Chicago Car Salesman Fired For Wearing Green Bay Packers Tie

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The stunning play of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers got a Chicago car salesman fired.

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Perhaps fan loyalty has gone a bit too far.

John Stone showed up to work on Monday, fresh off the Chicago Bears loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, wearing a Packers tie.

So his boss at Webb Chevrolet in suburban Chicago, Jerry Roberts, did what any rational manager would do. He gave him an ultimatum: take it off or pack your things (pun intended). Five times, in fact, he asked the Oak Lawn car salesman to remove the tie, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. Stone walked.

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“If he loves the tie more than his job, he’s welcome to keep wearing it — elsewhere,” his boss was quoted in the Chicago newspaper.

The dealership has advertising contracts with the Bears – some $20,000 worth. (But Stone’s boss also apparently didn’t know that he wore the tie to honor his late grandmother, who was a Packer backer. But no matter.)

Now, NewsFeed understands the historic and hated rivalry between Chicago and Green Bay fans, a feud that often equals Yankees-Red Sox and Celtics-Lakers.

But in this economy, perhaps holding on rigidly to fan loyalty (for both sides here) might not be the best move. Unless, of course, John Stone gets his own reality TV show out of this mess: Sports Ties That Bind?

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