Hi, gang -- I've taken a week off to think.
First, let me be honest. I don't really watch football. I've always thought it was more fun to watch with other people and frankly -- as a single 50-something -- if I'm going to be with other people, I want to do something more fun -- like talk to them.
But because of all the NFL player relationship revelations over the past weeks, I've spent a lot of time thinking about it. Of course, I'm shocked and appalled that grown men are wielding their considerable strength against people they should love and protect. And it sickens me to watch it, to see the photos, to hear more and more of it coming out.
Adrian Peterson says that he is not a child abuser, but the photos of his son with switch marks covering his legs tell a different story. You can see them here: http://dailysnark.com/pictures-adrian-petersons-sons-beating-wounds-emerge/ And supposedly Peterson has a history of child abuse with a previous case.
This is totally unacceptable.
Heroes need to be heroes. Good men everywhere need to condemn this activity. Good companies need to quit advertising.
My dilemma has been about the role of a boss in this stuff. Obviously, if one of my employees admitted to abusing a child, I'd fire their ass. It is part of our mission, thus I cannot have an employee doing exactly what we are trying to eradicate. But, is a hitting a child with a switch or hitting your girlfriend in an elevator (with no legal conviction, yet) affecting that person's job performance?
I put this question to a room full of smart, smart people yesterday -- the board members of Community Partners of Dallas. And their answer? A resounding YES. The men and women in our board room talked about character, heroism, morality. We talked about advertisers leaving the NFL and about politics. About rushing to judgement and about women standing up and leaving football because they are not going to support an organization that makes these men into role models. And about how pro-business conservatives need to feel the same way because what is more pro-business than letting employers fire who they want.
And don't get me started on why the NFL is a non-profit organization. It's time for that nonsense to end too.
It's not an issue that seems to be going away anytime soon. I'm glad we're all talking about it because evil cannot live in the light.
Let's bring in the sun and stop it for good.