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Man fired for wearing Packers tie to work

In this Jan. 24, 2011 photo, John Stone

In this Jan. 24, 2011 photo, John Stone of Chicago wears a Green Bay Packers tie. Stone was fired from his job as a car salesman at an Oak Lawn, Ill. dealership Monday after refusing to remove the tie after the Packers beat the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship game. Credit: AP

John Stone, a 34-year-old Packers fan, was fired on Monday morning after wearing a Packers tie to work at a Chevy dealer in Oak Lawn, Ill., a Chicago suburb. 

Webb Chevrolet general manager Jerry Roberts fired Stone (pictured to the left) for refusing to remove his green-and-yellow tie.

"He said, 'you have two options,'" Stone said Roberts told him. "'Remove the tie, or you're fired.'"

Stone is a father of two who worked at Webb Chevy for a month and a half. He said he's been a Packer fan ever since he saw Ahman Green play.

Said Stone: "I liked the way he played, and I liked Brett Favre before he left, and I love Aaron Rodgers, the coaching staff — the whole organization.

"I was just showing my love for my team and it was a nice, smart tie that matched my clothes — none of the customers minded: they had a sense of humor about it."

Roberts agreed no customers complained, and that Stone was a good salesman who sold 14 cars last month. But he said the tie was "salting the wounds" of Bears fans.

The dealership also spends $20,000 a month advertising with the Bears on a local radio station, WBBM. And they sponsor a "Most Valuable Bear" award that is handed out after each game.

Stone has already landed on his feet at another Chevy dealer.

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