With all these allegations flying around, we decided to seek comment from the Executive Director of the National Sports Council, Ian Jones. Jones was the person responsible for drafting and signing Brian Audinett’s termination letter. He explained to us that Audinett had a problem showing up for work, and that Audinett actually asked to be fired.
Ian Jones,Director of National Sports Council: “Brian has been employed at the National Sports Council for quite some time even prior to me becoming director. His primary responsibilities were to visit the stadiums at night, Marion Jones, MCC, and Rogers Stadium and make sure that the facility workers were at the stadium, the security etc and he was to have them sign a log book for two purposes; to show that they were at the stadium and that he visited them. For quite some months we haven’t received that log book from Yellow and we contacted him, got no response. So it reached a point where I instructed my HR to start to make deductions from his salary just as we would with any other employee, just as we would with me; if I don’t show up to work if I have to miss work for some reason other than being sick then I would get deducted and I believe those deductions started if not the middle of October probably the end of October we started the deduction. It’s countrywide we started to make stringent moves in terms of getting better efficiency out of our staff. It so happens that Yellow believed that he was privileged enough to not fall under that category as everybody else. So I contacted Yellow- No actually Yellow contacted me asking how come there was no pay in the bank for him and I informed him as to the reasons and I told him HR would contact you. The conversation continued until it reached a point where Yellow requested that rather than he and I go through any back and forth that I terminate him and he gets his pay off. Actually the letter I had drafted initially was to inform him that ‘these are the reasons you’ve had deductions we’ve been lenient with you but you need to continue your duties.’ but after he requested to be terminated then I informed my assistant to draft the letter based on the policy and procedure handbook and labor laws because that would constitute abandonment of post.”
When asked if Jones was acting as an instrument for the Minister of Sports, Patrick Faber, he stated that the only reason Audinett kept his job for so long was because of intervention from Faber.
Ian Jones,Director of National Sports Council: “The reason Yellow lasted here so long was because of the DPM. I had wanted to terminate Yellow a long time ago. Let me put something in context for you, in the last municipal elections I terminated a staff at Sports Council who was on the slate for the United Democratic Party in one of the municipalities, I don’t give anybody special privileges here.”
Reporter: Did the minister call and say ‘you know what we give him enough rope, hang him.’?
Ian Jones,Director of National Sports Council:“No actually I informed the Minister after I had already drafted the letter and already made the decision to terminate Yellow. I informed the Minister – because he and I always have the communication whenever I would terminate any staff that could have any type of political backlash for a lack of better words, I would inform him because his thing is always ‘if I know then I know what to say when I push a mic in my face. I won’t intervene, I won’t tell you not to or don’t do it, but you have to have your proper documentation. If you do everything by the labor law and the policy and procedure handbook of the National Sports Council then I can’t keep their job for them.'”
Reporter: You told him that you are doing the Minister’s bidding. Is that true?
Ian Jones,Director of National Sports Council: “That is a blatant lie.”
Jones stated that every year there is a revision of staff performance, and that Audinett was not the only staff member terminated this year.