Christian school slapped with discrimination claim after coach's termination

A Christian school in Locust Grove has been slapped with a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after it terminated a former coach over old social media posts.

(REUTERS / Joshua Lott)A high school football team practices in Tempe, Arizona August 4, 2011.

Earlier this year, Strong Rock Christian School hired former NFL corner back Fernando Bryant as its head football coach. On Feb. 19, merely 20 days after he was hired, the school asked him to leave his post, citing parents' concerns over past social media posts, Bryant told 11 Alive.

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Bryant refused to leave his job as Strong Rock's head football coach, so the school terminated him. While he was not informed about the specific social media post from which the issue stemmed from, he believes it was his wife's post showing the two of them holding a bottle of liquor that started it all. The former NFL player added that the photo he was referring to was snapped three years ago for sponsors during an internet magazine's event.

"This letter will confirm that Strong Rock Christian School has made a decision not to move forward with your employment in the position of head coach of the football team and physical education teacher," says Strong Rock in the termination letter, which Bryant provided to 11 Alive.

"As we discussed, after we made the offer to you, some within our parent community raised concerns regarding your family's public presence on social media and the internet and questioned whether the postings and information were consistent with our Christian values," the letter continues. "We're sorry that our relationship had to end before it started. We wish you the best."

In the latest development in Bryant's termination, his lawyer Steven Wolfe has confirmed that a discrimination claim has already been filed against the Christian school. The attorney did not release further details regarding the complaint, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Bryant previously acknowledged that Strong Rock requires its employees to be born-again Christians. However, he said the school did not explicitly say that its employees are not allowed to drink alcoholic beverages, nor did they give him guidelines covering social media posts.

Strong Rock Christian School, on the other hand, has not issued a comment on the discrimination claim.

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