For those of you who have somehow managed to stay out of the loop, a recent story about a Farmington, Minn. high school hockey player has been making headlines. No, he is not being praised for his outstanding sports ability, but rather for his ostentatious actions.
During senior night, Austin Krause, a Farmington High School senior, was the starting goalie. Apparently, during the season, Krause felt he had been losing playing time to a younger member of the team. He decided this was the game where he would show what he was made of.
During the third period, with the score tied, Krause purposefully scored a goal against his own team, gave his coaches a middle finger salute and skated off the ice. His goal on himself was crucial, as Farmington ended up losing in overtime.
Some people feel his actions were justified. Others do not. Where the answer really lies is in the impact on his future. In the age of the Internet, his "stunt" won't simply be forgotten. It won't go away. It could come back to haunt him for years to come.
Within hours of Krause's infamous goal, the story of his "revenge" plastered Internet news sites and social media outlets. Once something hits the Internet, it can be considered permanent, as most posts are never fully removed. While Krause may have enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame, it could prove very detrimental to his future career goals, as more and more employers "check out" applicants via Facebook, Twitter and Google.
Would you want to hire someone who admittedly plotted this type of action ahead of time by saying, "I asked a few of my players if they cared if I did it and they didn't care. They thought it would be funny, so at the third period,they dumped it in. I stopped it, put it in my net, started to skate off, then flicked the coaches, not the team off."
Would your business benefit from someone with a hot-headed attitude that takes revenge out on others he blames for his emotional reaction? Could you ever really trust him? If his choices say anything about him, he certainly isn't "team player" material unless he is in a leadership role and getting recognition for it.
Granted, Krause may, as they say, "grow out of it.” However, his father was recently banned from attending Krause's ten year old sister's hockey games due to the father's inappropriate behavior during games. Is this a case of nature verses nurture? Perhaps it is a bit a both. Regardless, Krause had better spend the next few years of college or whatever his post-secondary plans are mulling over a really good excuse for the behaviors he exhibited as a high school senior. He'll need all the time he can get for that one.
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