Mon 15 Sep 2014
by Michelle Friedman
When do the off-duty actions of an employee affect the reputation of the leader of the company? When you lead one of the most recognized, most profitable organizations in the world and multiple star athletes get caught in abuse scandals, then you certainly have reason to worry. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reason to worry.
In the past few weeks, athletes Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson have tied themselves up in domestic and child abuse scandals and have dragged Goodell and the entire league into a pit of criticism. Not long after video footage leaked showing Rice punching his then fiancé, news surfaced that Peterson hit his young son with a tree branch as form of punishment.
Fans and critics alike are questioning Goodell’s handling of the Rice situation and many are calling for his resignation and using #BoycottNFL on social media. Now, with the additional abuse case, Goodell’s every action will be under a microscope. What could Goodell have done to avoid this crisis to begin with? (more…)