Mark McGuire's Apology: Baseball and Restorative Justice
Jan 15, 2010
When's an apology not an apology? Does this question only apply to policies related to restorative justice and crime? I don't think so.
Mark McGuire's recent public apology for taking steroids during his career as a major league baseball player got me to thinking.
Though I'm no baseball expert I am a fan. I thought there was a lot of truth in this sportswriter's column. Can you apologise a little and cover your bases, so to speak? Why do we apologize ? Is the timing of one's apology important? Can a real apology help an offender "come clean"?
- An apology must come from the heart.
- An apology is an attempt to make things right (with the victim/victims).
- An apology reflects a sense of remorse for one's actions and conveys that remorse to the victim/victims.
- An apology does not try to whitewash the past (one's offenses) but takes responsibility for those actions.
- An apology gives the victim a sense of commitment not to re-offend in the future.
- An apology often works out an agreement or a contract with the victim/victims that is meaningful to make things right.