Friday, August 14, 2009

Poison in the well or Redemption?

Would you hire Michael Vick?

Here is an employee with baggage- a felony criminal conviction lacking current skills, out of the workplace for 3+ years. Throw in the media storm around his employment and the employer (Philadelphia Eagles) this will be quite a circus.

On the other hand, he has technically paid his debt to society and should be allowed to make a decent living, pay taxes and contribute to society.

Are his actions so heinous that he would be poison in any well? Or has he redeemed himself and will make valuable contributions to the world?

With the perfect media orchestration of his signing, the timing of his interview on Sunday's 60 minutes, Tony Dungy's name thrown in to mitigate vitriol and the emphasis on his 'accepting blame', it all seems a little too contrived for me.

Those are my thoughts. Would you take him?


Marvin Williams said...

Because I am a person who loves the underdog (no pun intended) and stories of redemption, I would take the chance to hire him. Whether it is contrived, I don't know. But, I think he deserves a second chance to work a job for which he is qualified. I know not every employer would take the risk to enter into this inferno. Yet, there are employers and organizations whose mission is to speak words of resurrection into and over lifeless people and things. Sometimes they are burned and other times they enter into and take part in a beautiful story of hope. I am praying that he does not squander this chance.

Steve Boese said...

He has the right to earn a living, as his obligations to the justice system are completed. But for me, I do not think I would bring him into my organization. The 'non-field' distractions, the potential repercussions with my paying customers, and quite honestly the uncertainty that he can still perform at a high level would all be factors I would consider. In a team setting, there would be so much focus on him that I think it not worth the risk.

Michael Krupa said...

Boy, this sure is a tough one for me. As an active member of Greyhound rescue and owner of 2 rescued greyhounds, Michael Vick's crime is hard to put aside. I don't think I personally would be able to hire him but since he paid his debt he should get a second chance if someone else wants to hire him.

Deirdre said...

Marvin, yours is a wonderful note of forgiveness. I hope that you are right and he does not squander this chance. He sure can step up to the plate on this one. I hope he does.

Steve, thanks for your comments. The distractions are already there.

Mike, I sure hear you. I look at my sweet, rescued Samson and just wonder how a human could be so cruel. Brings tears to my eyes when I think about it.

It's tough. I don't know the answer. Thanks for weighing in.

Jenn Barnes said...

I am not ashamed to say: HELL NO.

Deirdre said...

Jenn, I want you on my team. Always. :)