Auto auction veteran Mike Hockett couldnâ??t have been happy yesterday about news that one of his sons, Scott Hockett, has signed
a document saying he willÂ plead guilty
to charges of federal bank fraud.
A few years earlier, another of his six sons, Michael D. Hockett, was sent to jail for bribery.
When a third of your children get in trouble with the law, most parents would start wondering where theyâ??d gone wrong.
However, another of the sons, Jason Hockett, who works with Mike in the familyâ??s business, Auction Broadcasting Corp., says
blaming his father would be wholly unfair.
â??Just because you have two sons who make stupid decisions doesnâ??t mean youâ??re a bad dad,â?? Jason says.
Mike became a well-known local entrepreneur in the â??90s when the auction chain he co-founded, Adesa Inc., went public and
eventually sold to a Minnesota utility.
What many people donâ??t know about their father, Jason says, is that he donated most of the proceeds to various ministries.
Mike wasnâ??t always like that, Jason says. A conversion to Christianity in the early â??80s led to a father who drove from a
startup auction location in Alabama every week to attend Jasonâ??s football games, and who supported ministries liberally.
Mike, now 67, shed his materialistic ways and today drives a soft-top Jeep equipped with a downscale four-cylinder engine
and stick shift.
Jason says he and his father stay in the same hotel room when traveling on business, and that Mike regularly rises at 4:30
to read his Bible.
â??His passion is always to do right,â?? Jason says.
What are your thoughts? To what extent should actions of adult children reflect on their parents?