Liability Issues Surrounding Workplace Violence (Chicago Bulls Front Office Ineptitude Edition)
By now, we have all heard about the alleged incident between Vinny Del Negro and John Paxson. While the details are unclear, the consensus still seems to be that Paxson was the aggressor in this situation. The question now arises, will any lawsuits be brought on account of the incident? An interesting quote from the Chicago Tribune yesterday may shed some light on why we should probably expect a lawsuit:
“People are less likely to sue if they feel the organization is owning some responsibility,” said Bernie Dyme of Perspectives Ltd., a Chicago company that creates employee training programs.
The lawsuit question kind of gets pushed to the back of my mind when I hear that quote, however. Lawsuits are not the only thing that are less likely if the organization owns some responsibility. An organization that is so eager to shirk responsibility is going to find itself less customers, less qualified employees, and a less profitable product. This whole situation is just another example of bad business practices by a front office that has been attempting to regain credibility in this city since the great Jerry Krause took a huge dump on their front office’s reputation.
With everything that has happened, do you believe the front office has regressed to Krause-era levels of ineptitude? An argument could be made that it has. It’s funny how one lucky bounce of a draft lottery ball can cover up a lot of errors.
(Sidenote: Brownie points to anyone who recognizes the person quoted in that Tribune story.)