I'm not trying to change anyone's opinion of Adam James. How each of you feel about him and his family is really your business. Personally, his performance on the field has little to do with shaping my opinion about him as an individual and what I think of him as a human being. My opinion, my right....However, I don't begrudge any of you for how you feel. I think we are all on the same page that we want our Red Raiders to do well and that ultimately our love for Tech outweighs any one individual. So with that in mind, let me pose the following.
I've read many places that within 10 years, 70% of college graduates wind up working in a field completely unrelated to their degree. So assuming that Adam graduates with his RHIM degree, there is a good chance he may be working (if he has to) in a field completely unrelated to what he studied. So the question I pose to all of you out there...suppose Adam shows up at your office and you are asked by your boss (or if you are the boss, you get this opportunity directly) to interview and potentially hire him for a position reporting directly to you. Knowing what you know about what happened while he was "just a kid" and the baggage he has with a certain someone who works out of Bristol, do you hire him?
I assume (maybe incorrectly) that those of you that say to forgive and forget, would have no second thoughts about doing so. Some of you that vow to hate him forever may actually hire him just for the sake of being able to fire him. Personally, I wouldn't want to put myself in the position where I ever had to worry about the potential headaches. Maybe that's not very big of me, but having hired people and in some cases, having to let them go has caused me to realize that with all of the qualified people out there, some baggage is not worth taking on.
Maybe because of Adam's family situation, he never has to work. But, unfortunately, his previous actions will potentially cause some people to always treat him differently. But, this is something we all have to learn in our own way. Whether it is what Adam did two years ago, whether it was some other person getting expelled for cheating or being pulled over for a DUI, or someone else spreading rumors about CRAIG JAMES KILLING FIVE HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU, everyone is ultimately responsible for his/her actions.
Maybe Adam has learned and has grown up. It will always be a part of his past. Although, I don't hate him for it (anymore) I wouldn't want to have him working for me.