Earlier this week, news and a particular photo went viral concerning a construction worker and University of Alabama football fan being fired from the ongoing renovations at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field stadium. Over the last couple of days, more information about the fired worker has come out.
The worker’s name is Bobby Livingston and according to his Facebook page he’s an ironworker who lives in Mobile, Alabama. The first report of his firing came from Fox Sports which said that he had been fired after hanging an Alabama football flag from a wall of the stadium. Livingston quietly confirmed the report by posting a photo of the flag hanging outside the stadium to Facebook and then making it his profile picture.
KBTX, a TV station in College Station, Texas, where the Texas A&M campus is located, discovered that Livingston had made several Facebook posts about working at the stadium since February and some of them say that he had been doing shoddy work in order to sabotage the construction.
The posts have since been deleted from Facebook by Livingston, but the San Antonio Express-News grabbed screenshots of the statuses, photos and comments Livingston posted. On February 28, Livingston posted “This stadium will never be ready for this season. I’m putting iron in backwards and wrong holing- everything.” Then, on April 6, he posted, “If you ever attend a Texas A&M football game, don’t sit at the Northeast End Zone. It was raining today and I made two very ‘questionable’ welds.”
The statuses are likely jokes, though obviously in very poor taste. As we said, Livingston deleted the posts but has not responded to media outlets asking for a comment.
In response to Livingston’s posts, Raba Kistner Engineering, the inspector of the stadium renovation issued the following statement to KBTX:
“All steel fabrication has been observed and critical welds tested/verified at the plants by the third party firm, Raba Kistner Engineering. Once delivered to the site, field welds, moment connections, and bolt torquing are tested/verified in accordance to building code and engineering specification by the third party inspectors. Structural engineers of record review the inspection reports as well as conduct site observation/review of the in place steel.”