Everyone is on Facebook (even FanHouse -- become a fan, holmes!) My older family members, old high-school teachers, everyone. It's just a fact of life.
Here's another fact of life: if you write something on your Facebook page, it's possible for everyone to see it. Texas lineman Buck Burnette learned this the hard way. And now, so has Dan Leone, a former employee of the Philadelphia Eagles, who was recently fired for referring to the team as "retarted" (though he presumably meant "retarded") in his Facebook status.
Specifically, Leone wrote the following after Brian Dawkins was signed by the Broncos:
"Dan is [expletive] devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver. . .Dam Eagles R Retarted!!"
Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Gonzalez defends the former Eagles' employee, primarily because he suffered from transverse myelitis as a child, which continues to impair his ability to walk quickly around a stadium, a significant part of his job as the west gate chief for the last six years.
Additionally, Leone is a die-hard Eagles fan who has worshiped the team since he was a young man. There are many reasons to be upset that the team decided to fire him for his public sentiment against the team.
Brian Dawkins, Cornerback, Philadelphia Eagles SIGNED WITH DENVER - Five years, $17 million The Latest: A Philadelphia favorite, Dawkins made the emotional decision to leave the Eagles for a long-term deal in Denver.
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Kurt Warner, Quarterback, Arizona Cardinals RE-SIGNED WITH ARIZONA - Two years, $23 million The Latest: After a lengthy negotiation, Warner finally came back to the defending NFC champion Cardinals.
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Albert Haynesworth, Defensive tackle, Tennessee Titans SIGNED WITH WASHINGTON - Seven years, $100 million The Latest: Just hours after becoming an eligible free agent, Haynesworth agreed to a monster deal with Washington.
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Jonathan Vilma, Linebacker, New Orleans Saints RE-SIGNED WITH SAINTS - Five years, $34 million The Latest: The Saints couldn't afford to lose their defensive leader, and made sure that wouldn't happen with a nice contract.
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Jason Brown, Center, Baltimore Ravens SIGNED WITH ST. LOUIS - Five years, $37.5 million The Latest: Brown didn't get the contract offer he was seeking from the Ravens, so he will head south to anchor the Rams line.
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Bart Scott, Linebacker, Baltimore Ravens SIGNED WITH JETS - Six years, $48 million The Latest: After a confusing dance between Baltimore and New York, Scott finally landed a long-term deal with the Jets.
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Kerry Collins, Quarterback, Tennessee Titans RE-SIGNED WITH TENNESSEE - Two years, $15 million The Latest: Collins wanted big money in what will likely be his last contract year. He got it, so the Titans can keep waiting on Vince Young's development.
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DeAngelo Hall, Cornerback, Washington Redskins RE-SIGNED WITH WASHINGTON - Six years, $54 million The Latest: For the second time in his young career, Hall received a massive deal, this time from big-spending Washington.
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Chris Kemoeatu, Guard, Pittsburgh Steelers RE-SIGNED WITH STEELERS - Five years, $20 million The Latest: Despite rumors claiming he was headed to the Jets, Kemoeatu decided to stick with the Steelers, a boost for their mediocre offensive line.
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Nnamdi Asomugha, Cornerback, Oakland Raiders RE-SIGNED WITH OAKLAND - Three years, $45.3 million The Latest: One of the NFL's brightest young stars, Asomugha inked a gigantic contract to stay in Oakland.
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But as sad as the story is, and as much as Gonzalez wants to portray the Eagles as a cold, uncaring organization, I'm going to have to go ahead and agree with the team here: if you are employed by a company, in any capacity, and they give you a paycheck, you should, under no circumstances, ever write something derogatory about the company in a public forum.
And yeah, I'm sure that Leone isn't the only Eagles fan who is upset about Dawkins leaving, but (just as Dan Levy told FanHouse recently) football is a business. And teams are required to make business decisions. If you're an employee of that team, you're probably best served remembering that Facebook updates have a way of making it out into the world at large.