Re: Thank you Robert Kraft
posted at 6/26/2013 8:34 PM EDT
In response to 42AND46's comment:
In response to dreighver's comment:
I wanted to personally thank Mr. Kraft for doing the right thing, despite the fact that such a decision had unfavorable results.
Despite potential financial loss, despite the loss of an incredibly talented player, without knowing the eventual outcome of the fiasco, this respectable and admirable man made the right decision.
i agree Kraft is a good owner and a good man and I don't doubt he did the right thing but i want to ask-not disrespectfully but as a thought:
did they abandon ship too quick?
should they have stood by Hernandez or at least not made any definitve move like this until the trial or the pre-trial hearings at the very least? is this guilty until being proven innocent and jumping the gun?
From a business perspective? From a human perspective? From a team perspective?
It depends on what you mean.
1.) They don't owe anything to Hernandez. He is still going to collect money, unless he is guilty. In which case they don't owe it to him per his contract. So they aren't doing anything that really hurts him.
2.) From a business perspective, it depends on how much you value having zero distraction and affiliating your brand with good people. The Patriots have given second chances to a number of guys. This list includes people with drug histories, histories of getting in fights on the field, hsitories of being bad locker-room guys, histories of shooting their way out of town. But it's clear they do not want people in their organization that have gun play or domestic violence in their background. That's their choice .... everyone has their limits ... then there are the Ravens, lol.
3.) From a team perspective, it depends on how much you value knowing what is going to be on you roster and how much you value setting a solid example for others. As a morale move it's a personal choice again.
I'm not getting gloaty about it ... the NFL isn't a "class off." It's a game of touch downs.
I, personally, think it was the right move. If they had waited a bit I would have thought it slightly questionable given the gravity of the charges being brought.
This is murder ... not just getting caught with a gun.