Soccer Fan Loses His Job Over This NSFW Viral Video (w/ VIDEO)

Soccer Fan Loses His Job Over This NSFW Viral Video (w/ VIDEO)
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Up until this past Sunday, the viral internet meme in which men walk up behind female television reporters and scream "F—- her right in the p——!", which might be the dumbest cyber invention in the history of the web, was best known for being the impetus for the suspension of Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston at Florida State. Last fall, Winston stood on a table at the FSU student union, screamed the phrase, and promptly found himself benched for the Clemson game that weekend.

Now, we have some far more dire consequences for one idiot, who actually himself didn't even scream the phrase. His friend did. He just decided to, on camera, defend the (nonexistent) hilarity of the phrase, even going so far as to say his mother would find it funny.

Let's start the story with Shauna Hunt, a reporter for CityNews up in Canada. She was reporting live from outside the stadium at last Sunday's Toronto FC soccer game when some dipshit decided it'd be a good idea to utter the aforementioned vulgar phrase into Hunt's microphone.This led to rampant giggling among the perpetrator's friends, the straw that finally broke Shauna Hunt's back.

You see, Hunt has had this done to her by drunken fools many times before, and on this day, many times turned into too many times. She decided to pursue the chucklers, none of whom were apparently aware of the fact that she could upload the video and show the world (which includes their employers) just how gross they are. Thankfully, Hunt did just that:

If you go back and watch that video, focus in on the nimrod who appears to the right at about the 0:40 mark. Yellow shirt, soccer scarf, chalkboard-scratching Canadian accent. He's the one who vehemently argues with Hunt that the entire antic — the phrase, the intrusion on live television, the vulgarity — is "f-ing hilarious" and even contends his mom would find it funny "eventually." 

His name is Shawn Simoes. It would seem odd that we know his name, but there's a reason for that. You see, after Hunt posted this video on her Twitter timeline, it made its way around the internet. Eventually, the carousel stopped on the computers of Simoes' bosses at a company called Hydro One, where he has a high paying job as a network engineer.

Well, I should say had a high paying job as an engineer, because as a result of his act on that video, Simoes was fired by Hydro One, who issued the following statement:

“Regarding the incident at the Toronto FC game between a (CityNews) reporter and fans, Hydro One is taking steps to terminate the employee involved for violating our Code of Conduct,” said Daffyd Roderick, director, corporate affairs for Hydro One.

Additionally, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the owners of the Toronto soccer team, issued the following statement via Twitter:

Back to Simoes for a minute. Hydro One's decision to terminate him is indicative of a growing trend that businesses have relative to the conduct of their employees outside of the office, where people's out-of-office activities/habits/personalities have become (and are still becoming) exponentially more documentable. Social media has given everybody a window into what people appear to be truly all about. From that thirty seconds of video footage, I conclude that Shawn Simoes is a vulgar, overbearing harasser of females. 

My conclusion may not be accurate. The guy may actually be a sweetheart. But on social media, first impressions are everything, and for employers of people like Simoes, impressions like that on social media are the only ones that count. Simoes found out the hard way, your digital fingerprint is just as indelible as your actual one.

Listen to Sean Pendergast on SportsRadio 610 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Also, follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SeanTPendergast.


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