Monthly Archives: April 2017

Baseball Player Apology

A major league baseball player issued an apology this week. Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, the steroid Nandrolone. Here’s his statement: “In this very difficult moment I apologize to my family, the Pittsburgh Pirates, my teammates, my fans, and baseball in general. Neglect and lack […]

More on Public Apologies

Today’s New York Times has an article saying, more eloquently and thoroughly than I could have, what I was suggesting in yesterday’s post about the difficulty of making a good public apology, as exemplified this week by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and United Airlines CEO Oscar Munez.

Public Apologies Are Tough to Get Right

Two apologies are evolving in this week’s news cycle: from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, regarding his comparison of Syria’s use of chemical weapons to Hitler’s, and from United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz regarding the passenger who was forcibly removed from a plane this week. Each man has offered successive apologies, after his original apology was […]