I'll give it another shot here.
Someone gets hurt off the job. Can he or she still do his/her job. (Damn I hate PC! From here on in I will use his and he- to mean generic- sheesh!) Perhpas he can do his job but with limitations. Everyone bends a little here and there to help. No big deal. We're humans, and we help each other. The government gets involved and tries to regulate with the people can do for themselves just fine. This opens doors to whiners and law-suit happy people.
If someone gets drunk and shows up for work... this affects the company directly. If someone got drunk or high and has a hang-over the next day and calls in "sick" (yeah-right) this affects the company directly. The employer has the right to take whatever action he sees fit, be it a warning, a reprimand, or termination.
If someone has a contract which stipulates any off the job activity which jeapardizes or endangers the organization's goals, this is reasonable. One can sign or not sign or negotiate. Ergo- John Elway, being so very important to the success of the team evidently has this in his contract. His position and importance to the team effort is paramount to him avoiding any extra-curricular activity which may jeapardize his ability to play.
What has happened and still is happening in the private sector is various groups with so called good intentions are trying to make a safer world and by doing so, stepping on the activities of many of us. I avoided the word 'rights'. Skiing is not gauranteed by the constitution (perhaps it should be
In the interest of safety or health or morality we have allowed various vested interest groups to ban this or ban that... for our own good.
Is it Dirty Dancing movie I am refering to? A scene shows the reverend coming out of the church and seeing people bringing out books from the town library to burn - because they have a right to protect their children from such reading matter! The preacher stopped them. Can you say... Kristal Nacht?
A Walton episode long ago showed a similar scene where WWII had just begun. The people were burning any book written in German or by a German. John-Boy picked up one book and had a lady read the first line- In der Anfang, Gott hatte die Welt erzeugen. Then he had the lady translate that into English.... In the beginning, God created the world. Pardon my poor German.
Out of fear or sheer arrogance there are those who take it upon themselves to correct the world and 'take care' of us.
Sometimes this is good. Many times it is destructive.
We have groups who concern themselves with civil rights. - Very good. But by doing so they have constantly stepped on the safety of our very lives whereby due to this someone actually lost his life. This has happened many times. Rights actually took precidence over a life.
Too much employer power is bad. Look at the 1800's child workers, poor wages and working conditions. Too much union power is bad. Rising wages out of control, strikes because workers got health care free but now they have to pay a measily $5 co-pay. did I mention whinners back there somewhere? Balance of power is the key. We are not watching the balance very well. Neither did the German citizen in the 1920' and 30's.
Well... there's good and bad on both sides of the issue. I say balance. Hmmm! Ain't dat what we say in skiing? ... balance? hehehe!