What’s Your HR Policy on Scumbag Top Performers? or, Why Ben Roethlisberger Should be Banned from Football

by Frank Roche on February 7, 2011

in Culture, Policies

What’s your policy on scumbags? You get rid of them, right?

So, what’s your HR policy on scumbag top performers?



I celebrated the Green Bay Packers’ victory yesterday in Super Bowl XLV. I like their story and I like their small town ethics.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, on the other hand, not so much.

You see, their top performer, Ben Roethlisberger, isn’t a good guy. Nah….I’ll say it: He’s a scumbag.

Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault two years in a row. You can read the ugly details of the second assault here.

I don’t think Ben Roethlisberger should be playing football. And I think the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL should be ashamed.


Sure, people can make points about the lack of prosecution. But clearly something happened. Something very bad. Roethlisberger was suspended by the NFL Commissioner for four games because he violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The Steeler’s best quarterback ever, Terry Bradshaw, said the the Steelers should have dumped Roethlisberger.

He was right.

What would you do with a scumbag top performer? Is it okay, as long as he’s making you money? Or is there a more universal principle that should guide your actions?

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