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Grizzlies PA Announcer Fired for Allegedly Filming Upskirt Videos in Church

The Grizzlies PA announcer lost his job with the team and the church.

by Sean Newell
Aug 9 2016, 11:00pm

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The Memphis Grizzlies have terminated their relationship with public address announcer Rick Trotter after police issued an arrest warrant based on allegations he took creepshot photos of women in church. Trotter—who was an employee of the church before they also fired him because of the allegations—was charged with four counts for "making upskirt videos of church members ... while services were going on." Yikes.

The Grizzlies issued a very brief "we're aware of it" press release and noted they actually severed ties with Trotter, who was an independent contractor, last month. Downtown Church got a little bit more specific, however:

"We, the elders of Downtown Church, are deeply saddened to announce that, effective May 27, Rick Trotter was terminated as an employee of Downtown Church. This was the result of deception and moral failures of a sexual nature. As you can imagine, this revelation has been deeply devastating to all of us. We, as elders, have come around his wife and children offering spiritual, emotional and financial support. We will continue to support and encourage them, and we know the Downtown Church family will follow suit. We have responded swiftly as information has emerged, with counsel from trusted professionals. As we move forward in this process, we want the congregation to know we are fully committed to operating with integrity and transparency."

Trotter had been working for the Grizzlies since 2006, when, while working as a manager of a Chik-fil-A, he sent in a demo reel to the team and hired a few weeks later.

The governor of Tennessee just recently signed into law a bill that allows a judge to place a person convicted of taking upskirt pictures, and other unlawful photography, on the sex offender list for up to ten years.

[The Commercial Appeal]