03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Fidelity Fantasy Football Firings: Company Terminates Four Workers

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that four workers at Fidelity Investments have been fired for playing fantasy football. The company bans fantasy football at the office, but one of the fired workers, Eric Pettigrew, says managers disregarded the policy.

Pettigrew told the paper that Fidelity "interrogated me as though I was some sort of international gambling kingpin." The next day, he says he was fired without warning or a pay cut.

Andy Behrens at Yahoo! Sports refutes a Fidelity spokesman who alleges that the ex-employees were gambling:

We would also like to point out -- in our professional capacity as fantasy gurus, not as legal advisors -- that laws have been passed which define the terms "bet" and "wager," and fantasy participation has been excluded. Here's a link to a million-word legal definition. Whatever else he did, Pettigrew wasn't gambling.

The Fidelity firings are not the first bizarre fantasy football story to emerge this season. In October, a Colorado man was shot while checking his fantasy football scores.