Back in 2010, Brazilian soccer player, Bruno Fernandes de Souza, was accused of murdering his girlfriend and then feeding her body to his rottweilers. After having been sentenced a 22-year length of time in prison, was released last month, just about 7 years after initially being sent to prison. A Brazilian second division soccer team, Boa Esporte, decided to sign him to the team in hopes of helping out Bruno’s rehabilitation process. Many people are angered by the team’s decision to sign him and a few sponsors of the team have decided to end their partnerships with the club. The team’s official website had also been hacked after the fact.
I find it quite interesting for the team, Boa Esporte, to make such a big decision like this. To go fourth and sign a goalkeeper that had been accused of torturing and murdering his girlfriend and then feeding her body to his dogs, is beyond crazy. Besides the fact that he was once a well-known goalkeeper, and possibly one of the divisions best, to give him a second chance with his career and allow him to step foot onto the field once again is a very serious decision. Based off of what we talked about in class on Kantianism, and doing things because it is the right thing to do, an action like this by Boa Esporte (as they were signing Bruno to help out his rehabilitation process) can be a difficult action to judge on wether or not it is the right thing to do. They were doing so to help better Bruno, and most likely to help improve the team (performance wise), but is it really a smart decision, and a morally correct decision? Based on the public’s responses to the team’s choice, there are people who both agree and disagree with it. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Bruno, and for Boa Esporte.