After nearly six months of investigation, on Wednesday the detroit pistons Decided to terminate assistant general manager Rob Murphy. He had been on administrative leave through October 2022 after accepting that role in June. Murphy was placed on leave after a woman who worked for the team accused him of harassment.
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The Pistons decided to eliminate Murphy the day before the release of a story by the Detroit Free Press’ Teresa Baldas and Amy Lang. Fox 2 Detroit Sit-Down Interview along with his accuser – Dejanai Raska – who filed a lawsuit against Murphy and the Pistons alleging sexual harassment and retaliation. Murphy has not responded.
In a statement to the Free Press, the Pistons say that murphy was terminated for Violating company policy and the terms of its employment agreement, They determined this was necessary action after a national law firm assisted them in reviewing a claim made by a former employee. An investigation that coincidentally ended the day before the accused spoke on television.
The charges against Murphy are heinous. while the president pistons’ Motor City Cruiser G-League affiliate, they hired Rasca in 2021 for the executive assistant position. Rasca claims that he convinced her to give up all her other sources of income, and then used her as his personal assistant. Her work had grown so much that she had to pick up Murphy’s son from school every day., She also accompanied Murphy when he was on the road for scouting trips.
One night, Murphy came home early from a trip. Rasca alleges that Murphy called them both to his room and then forgave his son, She said that Murphy threw her onto his bed and attempted to force sex on her. She then rebuffed previous advances when she alleged he told her “I want to have a child inside you.”
Absolutely, Any legal ramifications that result from these allegations need to be targeted mostly at Murphy. He is an adult who should be held responsible for his own actions. All that being said, why was Wednesday the day that the Pistons decided to dismiss him?
He started the job in the summer and went on leave in the fall. Rasca has spoken personally with piston Advocate. Her attorney claims that in October she was told that the interview with Raska “was helpful and she appeared credible,” He hasn’t heard from the Pistons since then. The local media calls in May, and then a finger is required on the picture of termination.
Roy Wood Jr. talks about the importance of Local media during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday. As great as he was on the podium that night, what he said about the local media was his main point. It was Tim Evans, Marisa Kwiatkowski and Mark Alessia of the Indianapolis Star who broke the story of Larry Nassar’s abuse. It was Sarah Ganim’s reporting for The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. that exposed Jerry Sandusky.
For there to be true justice in a society, a news professional must be physically close enough to where disturbances are taking place so as not to continue in the dark. Because as the Pistons just showed, organizations in which wrongdoing occurs cannot be trusted to bring it up. Light.