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August 07, 2013

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AkaBruno

Would the same level of outrage occur if it was Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers, then a 3rd string WR?

Aliah Wright

Excellent point. Great advice.

Michelle

I am also surprised that videos and pics shared on the internet don't hit the workplace (at least mine) more often. But this is a great reminder of the damage that can be done. There are so many great lessons from sports that can apply to the workplace. Thanks for pointing them out!

Elyssa Thome

Great tips for learning from a high-profile and complicated case. To AkaBruno's point, the situation looks different if the scandal involves a player that is much harder to lose. For example, Michael Vick, who has been called on as a sort of spokesperson for the Eagles team on the issue, joined the team after being indefinitely suspended from the NFL in 2007. So be aware of your personal brand, but if you somehow find yourself in a situation where your behavior outside of work has jeopardized your career, focus your energy on becoming a candidate that can't be turned down.

Dee Fancher

Great tips, I'd like to add one more. Don't ask black employees what should be done to the offender and rely on them to give you their true feelings. This puts employees in an unfair position especially those in high profile jobs because they may be worried about how they are perceived and may not give you their true perspective. More to point 4, leadership should act swiftly according to company values. If you say you respect and value diversity in the workplace make a decision based on your values not what the black guy says is okay.

KD

Hey Guys and Gals -

Agree that if it was Manning and Rodgers, it would be different. Star power knows no color. I'd also be interested to see if the black players, at least some of them would come to a star player's defense quicker, which has nothing to do with race and is more about business.

Dee - great advice. Do what's right and what you're committed to. White people have a way of asking in this area instead of acting for sure....

KD

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