Oct 10, 2012, 3:29 PM EST
So the moral of the story I guess is don’t tell Luke Fickell’s wife that Ohio State needs a better defense. That’s what happened two weeks back when the OSU defensive coordinator’s wife called Iacono’s Pizza in Shawnee Hills to order a pie. The employee who took the order ended the conversation by joking that the Buckeyes had better do some better tackling in their upcoming game against Michigan State.
Later, Fickell’s wife called the pizzeria to complain that the employee had belittled her, according to several reports (including MyFox28 Columbus). The employee, who did not want to be identified (although his face is all over TV), was fired. All that’s known is that he attends Columbus State college.
Another Ohio job lost. President Obama does not approve.
The man says he was joking when he said the Buckeyes need better tackling and that Fickell’s wife laughed.
But the next day, he says he was fired.
Luke Fickell declined comment.
But an OSU Athletics spokesman says it would not be uncommon for a consumer to register a complaint with a retail manager over a negative experience, if the Fickells did indeed have such a discussion. It is unfortunate that this individual has lost his job, but the responsibility for this should not rest with the Fickell family.
Welcome to America, where people with high-profile jobs can make racist, insensitive or homophobic comments and get off with a lame apology, but a pizza delivery kid gets summarily fired for a harmless joke. Case in point: Wall Street Journal editor James Taranto tweeted that he hoped the three girls whose boyfriends died shielding them from the Aurora Theater gunman “were worthy of the sacrifice.” He later wrote in a column that the tweet was “ill-advised.” But he’s still employed, even though he got tons more complaints than the pizza guy ever did.
Now, who is more important to your life: a pizza delivery guy, or an editor for the Wall Street Journal? Pizza delivery guy wins EVERY time.
UPDATE: Ohio State has issued a statement reading that no one at the Fickell house called the pizzeria, but that the pizzeria manager called them. The university says that Mrs. Fickell never called to complain.
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