A Little League baseball team in Los Angeles desperately needed money to keep the league going for another year. Like magic, $1,200 dollars appeared and the problem was solved, right?!? WRONG. The money was donated by a local Gentlemen’s Club.
The league decided to return the money, stating that it would not be appropriate to accept it. What is unacceptable is that 300 children will not be able to play a positive sport because of negative press. When I read this article, I instantly thought about the Utilitarian framework – “greatest good for the greatest number of people”. Accepting the money will allow these children to participate in a constructive activity. The money was not gained through some illegal means; immoral . . . maybe . . . illegal, no. So, 300 happy kids are not more important than a little bad press. Now that is inappropriate!