Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve already heard all about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The NBA hit Sterling with a lifetime ban and is pressuring him to sell the team after he allegedly made racist remarks on a recorded conversation made public by TMZ.
This story has been all over the news for days and I’ve heard a lot of people on the radio and the water cooler criticizing Clippers players for continuing to play. Popular opinion seems to think they should stage a walk out in protest of their owners comments and refuse to accept his money.
While I certainly understand the uproar and I can see the point of view that most people wouldn’t want to work for someone with those attitudes and opinions, I don’t expect anyone to actually quit their job when they have families to support.
I haven’t heard much about other Sterling employees being expected to walk out, so perhaps people hold the players to a higher standard because they make more money? But who draws the line over how much you need to earn before your morals trump your need to feed your family? Is it only the star players who should walk out? What about the last guy on the bench making the league minimum? What about the administrative assistant earning $40,000 a year?
Personally I don’t expect anyone to walk away from their jobs over something their employer said. Most people just aren’t in the position to do that.
For example, what if you found out your employer had said or done something wrong? Would you immediately quit your job in protest? How well do you really know your boss anyway? If you work for a large company there’s a good chance you’ve never even met your boss or don’t even know who he is. How can you possibly tell what kind of person he is? Did you run a background check on him before starting your job?
At my prior job the head of the company was arrested for domestic violence after he got into an argument with his wife and struck her. I certainly don’t agree with violence towards women but do you think I immediately quit my job? Of course not…I’ve got a family to feed!
Eventually he was forced to resign from his position and move on to another company, but for all I know the guy who replaced him has even worse skeletons in his closet.
What do you think of the Donald Sterling situation? Would you quit your job if you found out your boss had done something similar?