Jeffrey Previte is –last I checked—the co-CEO of EBI Consulting in Los Angeles. That’s him on the left, and that’s also him on security footage where he lives, abusing his little dog. There’s a video too. You can view it—if you have the stomach– here.
The Daily Mail broke the story after it obtained the video from the concierge at the Seychelle Condominiums building in Santa Monica, California, where Previte lives. The concierge passed along the film–why to a British tabloid I don’t know (it probably paid him) and asked to remain anonymous in case he wanted to be a source for an Atlantic Monthly hit piece on President Trump. He told the Mail that he heard the dog whimpering from the front desk, saw the video, and filed a report with the police about the incident. “I heard the dog screaming and when I looked on the camera, I saw him beating the dog,” he said. The concierge claims that the building’s management did not take his report seriously.
Previte has only made himself more despicable since the story came out, and revealed himself as an individual without ethics alarms.
“I think this is very unfortunate that this has come across your desk. I don’t even know exactly what to say but I will say this: [The concierge] called me the evening of this interaction with my dog and that was at nine o’ clock at night and he attempted to extort money from me so that he wouldn’t report it to the building,” said Previte in a statement.
All absolutely irrelevant to the issue at hand, which is what we see on the video. How does someone think impugning the character of the person who reports his misconduct mitigates the conduct? Dead ethics alarms. Then he said, “There’s nothing illegal about what I did.”
This might be the best example of Rationalizations #4, Marion Barry’s Misdirection, or “If it isn’t illegal, it’s ethical,”and #5, The Compliance Dodge I have ever seen, except that I’ll want to gag every time I think about it.
Your Ethics Alarms Ethics Quiz of the Day is..
“What is a fair and proportionate way for society to treat this creep?”
I’ll poll it, but the question deserves discussion. Should a proven animal abuser be “cancelled”? I think he’s fired, or about to be: his company removed his name from its website. Michael Vick managed to rehabilitate himself after his dog-fighting disgrace; would you hire someone with a video showing him abusing a little dog? Would you want him as a neighbor? A friend? I admit to being biased on this topic, but I regard cruelty to animals as signature significance: I don’t believe good people abuse dogs. Ever.
But should Previte be shunned by society for life because of a single video? What if the dog is okay? Does that matter? His comments are almost as damning as the incident. I wouldn’t believe an apology, not for a second.
Here’s the poll…