Earlier this month, Washington Nationals Vice President Bob Boone resigned from his position over the team’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. He informed the team that he will resign instead of complying with the mandate, which applies to all non-uniformed employees.
Non-playing full-time employees, such as coaches, executives and staff, had until Aug. 26 to provide proof of their first vaccination or apply for an exemption.
An exclusive press release was received by OutKick that contained official responses on behalf of Larry Pardo and Brad Holman, former members of the Washington Nationals staff. Both were released by the team on Wednesday as a result of non-compliance with the Nationals’ vaccine mandate for employees.
Pardo, a minor league pitching coach, and Holman, a pitching coordinator, submitted a claim for religious exemption from getting the vaccine, but the team denied them both. They were left with no option but to get vaccinated by the September 15 deadline, which they did not fulfill.
Jesse Dougherty, Nationals beat writer for The Washington Post, said “On Sept. 1, the Nationals placed unvaccinated non-playing employees on unpaid leave for two weeks, giving them time to review exemption requests. If, in that time, those employees changed their mind about getting vaccinated, they could have remained with the club.”
Larry Pardo and Brad Holman are now exploring legal action for the unfair termination on behalf of the vaccine mandate.
“They plan on fighting this outrageous decision by the Nationals in the federal courts,” added the joint press release.