I know a lot of people in my home town Phoenix are really excited about hosting the Super Bowl this year. I know I am. We've got lots of festivities, lots of excitement, and lots and lots of tourists pouring in from all over the country, not just Seattle and Boston.
But one Phoenix resident got a little bit too excited about the big game and squandered his opportunity to be a part of the big game.
Russ Knight, a former DJ, had landed a gig working for the NFL during Super Bowl week and even at the Big Game. He was so excited that he made a very bad mistake on social media. Now, he's paid for it with his job and his chance to go to the Super Bowl.
Do you see what's wrong with this photo?
It turns out the NFL doesn't want its employees posting their credentials online. Soon after Wilson posted this photo to his Facebook page, he got a phone call from NFL security. (The image above has been blurred where the credentials were.)
He told KPHO:
"He said Russ, we've got a problem," said Knight. "Apparently, on my picture, even though it's far away, they could zoom in and they could read my credential on the bottom."
That's a big no-no. One of the rules stated in the fine print on the credentials states that you can't post any photos of the pass on the Internet, no matter how far away it is in the photo. The NFL does this to prevent any pass duplication, which is also a security matter. The NFL sets the rules as a security precaution, and to prevent duplication.
"I can't blame anybody else," said Knight. "I was the guy. I was the fool who didn't read the fine print. I was that guy."