Michael Vick is sentenced to 23 months in prison for dog fighting. Most recently, we see that Vick’s finanical losses are estimated around $142 million due to this dog fighting conviction. (Chicago Tribune, 12/11/07 )
Here’s another example of the “Price to Pay factor,” for unethical and illegal activity. However, the “PTP” is not just prison, what about his football career?endorsements? reputation? effects on his family? The price to pay is not just an immediate and one time consequence of one’s behavior, the price will continue to be paid long after the action that caused the problem. It’s easy to reflect on all this now and more difficult to think about the PTP factor while you’re in the middle of the sketchy situation.
The NFL is not the only organization that consistently plagues media headlines with stories about members/employees who make poor and unethical decisions. What is the answer? Do we need more training, education, resources? Or is it as simple as saying that the skill of good decision making is something you either have or you don’t?