In a tumultuous day for the Navy football coaching staff, offensive assistant Billy Ray Stutzmann says he was fired for not complying with the program’s requirement that all staff members receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Stutzmann made the announcement on social media Monday, writing that he is “unable to follow the requirements of the Naval Academy’s COVID-19 policy.” He wrote that he applied for a religious exemption to the requirement that wasn’t granted.
“After applying for a religious exemption and attempting to further negotiate alternative working arrangements, I was ultimately relieved of my duties here at Navy,” Sutzmann wrote. “I continue to stand firm in my conviction of faith, but I understand and respect that each individual and institution as a choice on how they wish to manage these issues.”
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