When news reports spread Monday over David Roth quitting his job in auto sales in order to see his son Michael pitch in the College World Series, it generated some anger among USC fans toward the Greenville dealership.
Michael Roth had tweeted over the weekend that David couldn’t get the time off to come to Omaha, which led to him leaving his job. Many media outlets followed with stories, which created some ill will toward Steve White VW Audi.
In order to help quell the furor, Michael Roth tweeted the following Tuesday afternoon: “Nobody needs to hate on @SteveWhiteVW. Dad quit on good terms. #Gamecocknation needs to worry about cheering us on for tonight.”
Marc White, the vice president and general manager of the dealership, responded by issuing the following statement Tuesday evening.
“In response to the recent press coverage of David Roth's decision to terminate his employment with Steve White VW Audi, I cannot legally or ethically discuss Mr. Roth's personal decision in a public forum. I will say that David was a valued employee and well-liked in our dealership. I know many of you have expressed your concern for David not being able to take additional time off from work, however, as a family organization we all work as a team so all of our employees can spend as much time with their family as they need. In fact David's peers worked diligently on Fridays and some Saturdays (our two busiest days) to provide David the time off he needed so he could watch his son play baseball. The decision to terminate employment with our organization was entirely David Roth's.
“We are a family organization and work hard so that all of our team members have time to spend with their families. Again I cannot make further comment about David Roth's employment with Steve White VW Audi. He is obviously a great Dad, and we are proud to have worked with him. He will be missed. The staff at Steve White Volkswagen Audi is cheering for the South Carolina Gamecocks in their bid for the College World Series Championship. We are especially praying for the success of pitcher Michael Roth.”