Brian Dunn stepped down as the CEO of Best Buy last week. Originally, the Wall Street Journal reported that Dunn’s resignation had nothing to do with the board’s investigation into Dunn’s “personal conduct.”
Today the WSJ published a piece containing an update about Best Buy’s personal conduct investigation. Specifically, the Wall Street Journal confirms that Best Buy is exploring whether Dunn misused company assets in the course of an alleged relationship with a female subordinate. The women is a 29-year-old who worked in leadership training at the company’s Richfield, Minnesota headquarters. Dunn is 51 years-old and married.
One week ago –the very same day that Best Buy announced Dunn would be stepping down — Magic Johnson took to Twitter to show support for the former CEO.
What does Earvin Magic Johnson have to do with this? It’s bizarre, but clearly there is some type of ongoing relationship here. But, beyond that, maybe these two are two peas in a pod. I never would have thought that to be the case, but taking a deeper dive starts to surface some similarities.
Magic has a history of promiscuity. The 1980′s in LA brought good times for Earvin. Of course, often those good times must come to a less than good ending.
In the midst of those good times, Magic was sleeping around on his pregnant girlfriend at one time. It gets even more real. When he contracted the HIV virus, he could have passed it along to the mother of his child and thus actually passed it along to their baby.
The ’80s sound interesting.
Speaking of interesting, what is going on in Richfield, Minnesota? I’m picturing an economy that is largely dependent on Best Buy being headquartered in the area. According to the city of Richfield’s website, Best Buy has nearly 5x as many local employees as the next largest Richfield company (which is US Bank).
In light of the recent allegations towards Dunn, I’m also picturing an atmosphere of work hard and play harder at Best Buy corporate.
Coming full circle — back to the sports world — maybe we could compare it to Bristol. ESPN’s home, in the middle of nowhere, Connecticut, has been called a bubble of sorts. With ESPN being the major employer in town, co-workers certainly often times begin to intermingle. Clearly this occurs up in ‘Sota, too.
In conclusion, if Brian Dunn was cheating on his wife with a 20-something-year-old Best Buy employee, I’m not sure Magic is the one that needs to chime in. If Johnson wants to Dunn in real life (rather than on twitter) — that might make more sense. It also might be more tangible.