Monday, January 5, 2015

Should They be Suspended?

In recent months, there have been a number of stories about athletes, mainly if not exclusively male, being charged of domestic violence, drunken driving, or theft, for example. Sometimes these players have remained on the active roster of their team, the rationale being that they are "presumed innocent until found guilty". I think this is missing the point. I believe that suspension or the imposition of a fine is appropriate in most circumstances. Usually there is no doubt about the commission of some infraction of the law or of civilized behavior. Usually, the incident has been blazoned in the press and often in other media. It should not be necessary to await the outcome of a criminal trial before the employer, usually a professional sports team- has determined guilt in a court of law. The time for the management of the team to take action is as soon as possible after the event.

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