Marcus Morris And Our Society

In our society, when offered a good job, we tend to accept it. Most employers have contracts that we sign and date to get everything legal and official. Verbal acceptance is one thing but signing
your name to something is legal and binding. Marcus Morris verbally accepted an offer to the San Antonio Spurs after splitting last season with the Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City
Thunder. Now, he’s backtracked on the verbal agreement and instead wants to sign with the New York Knicks. He’s been put on blast by many in the media including FS1’s Skip Bayless who
posed the question, is there no integrity anymore even in verbal agreements? Good question, Skip. Morris’ situation is merely just another piece of a bigger puzzle that shows the state of our
society. I see it every day. When a better offer comes our way, we throw out the previous one and move toward more money, better status, and so forth. Do I think he should have simply
stayed with the Spurs after a verbal agreement to sign with them? I believe people should have integrity in every facet of their lives. Whether it’s something they shake hands over, verbally commit to, or even something sent either via text or email, they must follow through on what they have said even if no paper has been placed in front of them. My grandparents who are in their mid-80’s grew up during a time when a handshake, a spoken agreement, or something along those lines carried great weight. Fast forward to the 21st century where unless everything is completely spelled out and put to paper, it means nothing. It’s sad that we’ve come to that point.
It devalues us as humans when we can no longer be viewed as people of integrity. I’m not sure we can ever turn back and undo what’s been done, but in our own individual lives by the way we
speak, the way we act, we can show others that people of integrity still exist today despite what others choose to do.

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