Coach Says He Was Fired Because of Conservative Song
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Music City is full of songwriters, hoping to land that big break. But a now former Middle school football coach in Williamson County said writing a politically-charged country song got him fired, after it rubbed a few parents the wrong way.
26 year old Bryan Glover is not shy about his political opinions. He is proud tea party Republican and felt compelled to voice his disappointment in the current administration through his music. But he never thought sharing his new song would leave him unemployed.
The song is called, “When You’re Holding A Hammer, Everything Looks Like A Nail.” It is a reference to Glover’s frustrations with the current administration and President Obama. Glover co-wrote the tune with a parent on the Grassland Middle School football team. He never thought sending it out to friends, family and player’s parents could put the hammer on the nail of his job with the school.
“Here we are a week before the season starts and they call and say I am no longer with the staff. It’s devastating for me,” said Glover.
It all stems from an email Glover sent through his personal Yahoo account.
“I sent it 99 percent of the people in my inbox– all the way from my mom to people I haven’t spoken to in years,” said Glover.
But the email, with a link to his new song, went out to a hand full of parents of kids on the Grassland Football Team.
Within hours, parents called the school to complain of the politically charged lyrics and Glover said the principal at Grassland Middle School told the head football coach to release Glover from his position with the team.
“He just said parents were complaining, maybe there was a comment of racial overtones,” Glover said,
“I found it amusing,” said parent Michael Kasaitis about Glover’s country song.
He said no matter the opinion on his music, the link was sent from his personal email account and it is free speech.
“I was totally upset. He has every right to write a song, write a book or to make his opinion known,” said Kasaitis.
The Superintendent of Williamson County Schools refused to say why Glover was fired, but he did speculate it could be an issue of how he obtained the parents email addresses.
“If someone is sending an email to parents using our system or knowledge you obtained through our system, you are limited in what kind of message you can send to parents, ” said Dr. Mike Looney.
Glover, however, is confident it was the conservative lyrics and his strong stance as a Republican that left him without his team or a job.
Dr. Looney said the only way Glover would get his coaching job back before the team’s first game next week was if the principal decides to change her mind.