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Radio Smart Talk for Monday, May 14:
The National Football League came down hard on several New Orleans Saints players and coaches who admitted they offered rewards of thousands of dollars to defensive players who hurt opposing players so much that they had to be removed from games. Head coach Sean Payton and linebacker Jonathan Vilma were suspended without pay for the entire 2012 football season for their roles in so-called "Bountygate." Even though the participants knew what they were doing was wrong, they did it anyway.
Why did the Saints put bounties on star opponents? They probably thought that getting a victory by any means possible justified their actions. There also was peer pressure -- no one stood up and said it was wrong.
Bountygate is an example of employees facing ethical dilemmas and discarding their moral responsibilities to do what is right or in the Saints' case, to not do what was wrong, in order to reach a positive outcome.
People have to make those kinds of decisions every day. Most would like to think they have the courage and character to do what is right but what if there are negative consequences if they do.
Ethical dilemmas will be the topic of conversation on Monday's Radio Smart Talk.
Also, we'll have an announcement about a major project coming up on witf.
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