Rush Limbaugh and Tom Cable In Background Screening News?

Jason Morris

The NFL must be busy this week!  We reported last week that the Oakland Raiders just can’t catch a break.  They are bracing for the possibility that coach Tom Cable could be arrested soon for an alleged assault on an assistant coach.  Well today the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the NFL will definitely be subject to discipline if he is implicated by police in their investigation of the assault.  This puts the NFL in a difficult position as they have a detailed background screening policy.

In other NFL news, it has been reported for the past week that controversial conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh is interested in buying the St. Louis Rams.  Aside from his controversial views, a routine background check could be what keeps him out of the league.  In 2006 Limbaugh was arrested for prescription drug fraud.  After a three year investigation he was arrested and charged with the crime.  Florida prosecutors have since cut a deal with Limbaughs legal team.  According to the article:

His record was expunged after he successfully completed that list of items. Limbaugh never plead guilty although he had already admitted his addiction to prescription pain medication some three years prior when he took a leave from his job to enter a drug rehabilitation program.

The NFL is known for being very thorough with their background screening program but its what they do with the results that many question.  Having a sound policy is great but what you do with the results is critical to its success.

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Jason Morris

President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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