During Week 6 of the NFL season, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill caught a touchdown pass (he does that a lot) and to celebrate, he ran over to a media member he knew, took his phone, and filmed himself doing a backflip.
Hill was called for an excessive celebration penalty, and many thought that would be the end of the controversy. However, soon after the game concluded, the 20-year-old photographer Kevin Fitzgibbons was told that he would be suspended from working for the NFL for the rest of the season, and possibly never have the opportunity to work for them again.
Fitzgibbons posted this video below on his social media explaining (and pulling at the heartstrings with Post Malone’s “I Fall Apart” in the background) the whole situation, and how he was grateful for the time he spent working for the NFL:
“They said regardless if I knew the celebration was coming or not, I still had to be disciplined and that I shouldn’t have jumped on the sidelines after the play. One of the best moments of my life turned upside down in a matter of seconds.
I get why the NFL had to make this decision and wish I could’ve done something to prevent it, but I’m thankful for the memory Tyreek gave me. This was the greatest job in the world and I never took a day for granted. I can’t thank the NFL enough for the opportunity.”
Pardon my french here, but how sh*tty is that? The kid didn’t know Hill was going to take his phone and do a backflip, and then got fired for being excited about it happening?
The story has not sat well with a lot of NFL fans, including the person who was inadvertently responsible for the young man losing his dream job.
Hill, who is actually a client of Fitzgibbons, came out and said he was going to do what was right if he couldn’t get the photographer his job back:
“I told him ‘don’t let this get to you man, just hold your head up.’ Obviously, me and him are going to continue to work together, and I told him I was going to cover his salary, whatever the NFL was going to pay him.
I told him I was going to make sure that I do what’s right and take care of you, make sure you’re not out of a job. That’s my guy.”
Tyreek then went on to say that he tried to communicate with the NFL “through every avenue” to hopefully change their minds about the season-long (and possibly permanent) suspension for Fitzgibbons with no luck.
Hill said all they can do now is abide by the rules, though he must feel terrible for causing a friend to lose their dream job. Props to him for stepping in and taking care of the young man’s salary.
You can view Hill’s full response to the matter in the clip below:
Tyreek Hill’s response on @kfitzsports getting suspended – “I told him I was going to cover his salary, whatever the NFL was going to pay him…I told him I was going to make sure that I do what’s right and take care of you, make sure you’re not out of a job. That’s my guy.” pic.twitter.com/oVFzj4tNDU