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A Modest Proposal For Dealing With Expelled Cheaters

This week, the ACBL Oversight Committee expelled two professional pairs for collusive cheating.  However, ACBL allows expelled players periodically to petition for readmission to the League-- there is currently no such thing as a true lifetime ban.  Here is my proposal for handling readmission applications from professional players who were expelled for cheating:

 

In order to be considered for readmission, an expelled professional player must demonstrate remorse by

  1. making an immediate accounting to ACBL of every dollar made while cheating, and 
  2. pledging to donate that amount to accredited charities of his own choosing. 

 

Until the cheater disgorges the full amount of his profit through charitable donations (and the ACBL satisfies itself through due diligence that the stated amount of profit is reasonably accurate), ACBL should categorically refuse to consider any application for readmission.  No cheater should be allowed back to the League while he still shows a financial gain from his misdeeds.

 

To be clear, I am not suggesting that disgorgement of profits would guarantee a convicted cheater readmission to the League; rather, it would be a prerequisite for having one's application considered at all.

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