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Judge Rejects Concussion Settlement on Ethical Grounds

Oh, Here We Go! Amid the cheering, hype and clever commercials of the recent Super Bowl, is a slow developing and highly inconvenient situation that provides sober counter-balance to the celebration. Judge Anita Brody, a U.S. District Court Judge, has just disapproved the $765 million concussion settlement between the NFL and 4,500 former players. The case is quite complex, and I will be over-simplistic here, but the Judge rejected the settlement on the basis that the award would prove to be woefully inadequate to handle the claims.  She also commented […]

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Dennis Rodman and North Korea – Humanitarian or Ethical Failure?

An article appeared online today from the British newspaper, The Telegraph. The article, by Danielle Demetriou (December 13, 2013) was entitled: “Kim Jong-un ‘very drunk’ when he ordered execution of uncle’s two aides.” The act was in addition to the fact that the North Korean dictator also executed his uncle Jang Song-thaek, and not long ago, even his former girlfriend. I could not help but think about Dennis Rodman. There is no doubt that Rodman was a great basketball player. A Hall of Fame inductee in 2011, Rodman, now 52, […]

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Just about everybody has a Defender

My seminars and classes on the topic of ethical behavior have taken me around the United State and to foreign countries; I have lectured in tiny offices and in large conference halls, and in front of nearly every kind of group you can imagine. Whether sports oriented or business or government oriented, it is with nearly absolute certainty that sooner or later, someone in the audience will say, “Oh, I don’t know Chuck, so-and-so wasn’t so bad.” The “so-and-so” they are referring to will be an athlete who injected PEDs, […]

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Jimbo Fisher: A Very Wise Man Indeed

My apologies to all of you Auburn fans; you lost, Florida State won. Better luck next year. That said, you have nothing to be ashamed of in losing. The BCS National Championship was about as good as any we’ve seen in years; the 34-31 score wasn’t exactly the blow-out the so-called experts predicted. And yes, it could have gone your way and even the biggest die-hard FSU fan sensed it at some point that night; don’t let them tell you otherwise. I know that Jimbo Fisher is getting all kinds […]

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Dennis in North Korea, Part II – An Ethical Breakthrough

To give context to this story, it is January 8, 2014 and just yesterday, the internet was abuzz with Dennis Rodman singing “Happy Birthday” to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Rodman was also the subject of a viral video where he was ranting at the world for not appreciating the diplomacy he was bringing to North Korea. For the record, Rodman has called Kim his “friend for life.” As of this date as well, no trace has been found of the uncle Kim ordered executed, Jang Song Thaek, and […]

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