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I Think You Have it All Wrong

"Not punishing Rocker could be construed as tacit approval of his behavior," says John Anderson.

February 11, 2000
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Sorry, but I think you have it all wrong. As an employer the Braves and MLB have no right to dictate what John Rocker thinks or feels (we are all entitled to that, no matter what). But they do have a legitimate interest, as do all employers, as to how, when and where he expresses his feelings/beliefs/fears/opinions.

Don't get me wrong, I agree with you that the biggest problem here is in hishead (and heart), but his employers can't suspend him for being insensitive or a racist or both, they can and should, however, suspend him for hateful expression of his beliefs in the national media, if for no other reason than that it affects their legitimate business interests.

Remember too that not punishing Rocker could also be construed as tacitapproval of his behavior. Baseball would be accused of merely paying lipservice to the problem. (And if Rocker think that the number 7 train is uncomfortable, just wait till he walks back in to the Braves clubhouse to face his teammates, if he still has a job, that is.)

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