Obama Congratulations to Eagles For Vick Signing is Hypocritical

Nick Fishman

Yahoo! Sports is reporting that President Obama has reached out to Philadelphia Eagles owner, Jeffrey Lurie to congratulate him for giving Michael Vick a second chance.  And while I applaud Vick for turning his life around and for the monster season he is having, I can’t help but feel that the President shouldn’t have made that call.

As we all know by now, it is incredibly difficult to find employment in this country right now.  It is doubly hard if you have criminal record.  It is no secret that the Obama administration would like to see former convicts find work so that they don’t turn back to crime.  Of course, this is a admirable stance.  However, it cannot come at the expense of employers, something the Obama administration recognizes with their own hires, but not with their policies.

Does anyone actually believe Michael Vick could have gotten a job at the White House or any other government agency for that matter?  We would have never passed a background check.  Now, I’m not suggesting that the government should abandon its employment screening policies.  What I am suggesting is that it is hypocritical to commend an employer for hiring those with a criminal past, when you, yourself would not.  I am also suggesting that the government’s drive to curb the use of background checks or the information they are allowed to use in a hiring decision runs counter to their own hiring policies.

I also think that if the president truly wanted to congratulate the team, he should have done so 16 months ago when they first signed Vick.  It’s easy to do so now that the coast is clear so to speak and when Vick is having all this success.  Would he have called if Vick was still riding the bench or was waived? Would he have called if Vick returned to criminal activity?

P.S. Just to prove I can play nicely with the Democrats, kudos to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell for saying that we’ve become a country of wusses in response to the postponement of this week’s Eagles’ game due to a blizzard on Sunday.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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