Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Vince Young Fired by University of Texas After Performance Issues, DUI Arrest

Texas quarterback and football legend, Vince Young attends Hennessy V.S Limited Edition by JonOne launch party at Native Hostel on July 18, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Source: Rick Kern/Getty Images North America)

*The University of Texas created a part-time job for former star quarterback Vince Young, and for the most part, all he had to do was show up and be himself. But that proved to be too great of a task for him.

Citing poor performance and often being absent from work or not in touch with his supervisors, Young, was reportedly notified March 1 that he was being kicked to the curb by the university “for not demonstrating significant and sustained improvement in the performance of your job responsibilities and failing to maintain standards of conduct suitable and acceptable to the university,” the letter said – per the LA Times via The AP.

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Via LA Times:

After turning pro and signing a $25 million NFL contract, Young was out of the league by 2014 and filed for bankruptcy. Texas gave him a lifeline with a full-time, $100,000 job as a development officer in the school’s Division of Diversity and Community engagement. He requested his office hours be cut or be moved to part-time “because I work better out in the streets.”

In September 2017, Young was reprimand and warned he could be terminated because he often missed work, skipped meetings with supervisors and missed several months’ worth of timesheets, the report states. He also failed to update the employee calendar with his whereabouts.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the Young’s termination letter and personnel file, which includes several positive annual performance reviews.

But eleven days after his drunken driving arrest last month, Young was warned that his firing was on the horizon; as he didn’t tell his supervisors about the arrest until after it was reported in the media, and then he only notified them by text.

The L.A Times reports noted the letter from Patrick Patterson, assistant vice president for the Longhorn Center for School Partnerships within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, who said Young intended to resign immediately. Instead, he requested medical leave but didn’t qualify because he hadn’t put in the hours the previous year.

Young was allowed to use up to 12 weeks accrued time off to stay on until May if he provided receipts from a health care provider but according to his termination letter, he never followed up on that paperwork, so he was ultimately canned.


Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.



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