The NFL has this uncanny ability of destroying everything they touch through straight embarrassment or by shooting themselves in the foot and it’s rare that they actually get something right.
The way they handle nearly every situation is unbelievably dysfunctional; from the way they handled the Ray Rice incident to spygate and deflategate – it’s like they are apathetic and only act when they see the public is outraged.
And a statement from the Cleveland police department just shut down the NFL – proving them to be completely incompetent and biased.
Last year, Kansas Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt led the league in rushing yards and was the 2017 Co-Offensive Rookie of the Year, shared with New Orleans Saints’ Alvin Kamara.
Hunt was on top of the world.
Hunt’s budding career hit a major hurdle when a video surfaced by TMZ about a violent incident that occurred at a Cleveland hotel
Both the NFL and the Kansas City Chiefs were aware that it occurred but neither one did their due diligence and investigated.
But the NFL claimed they never received a police report.
That’s when the Cleveland Police department shut them down.
There was an update on this particular public record on the incident that read, “Update 12/5/2018 – Following an internal review, it has been determined that in February 2018 a member of the Cleveland Division of Police provided a copy of the police report involving the February 10, 2018 assault incident at The 9 to a representative from the National Football League.”
BREAKING/story coming: Cleveland PD now says someone in its office DID give the NFL records of then-#Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt incident at the hotel in Feb, without going through proper channels. And an internal review of their own procedures on records requests is underway. pic.twitter.com/voLJAZdxL7
— Jeff Rosen (@jeff_rosen88) December 5, 2018
The worst thing about this is that it’s not surprising at all. The NFL has a long history of ignoring incidents in an idiomatic way like if a tree falls in the forest and nobody was around did it make a noise?
That really does seem like their modus operandi. Turn the other cheek if you can, especially if it is an up-and-coming star like Kareem Hunt.
Think about what happened in the Ray Rice case. The NFL was made aware of the incident when Ray Rice was arrested, charged and released from jail on simple assault charges on February 15th 2014. His attorney described it as a “minor physical altercation.”
This is when the Ravens and NFL should do their due diligence and decide where to go from there.
On July 24th, the NFL suspended Ray Rice for a measly two games.
But then it hit the fan when the video of Ray Rice hitting his wife in the face on September 8th. Of course it was TMZ that got this video too.
The NFL and Ravens claimed they didn’t see this video but Peter King reported that both parties saw the whole incident.
After the public outrage, the Ravens cut Rice immediately and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. Rice never played another down in the league.
This Kareem Hunt incident is almost identical to Rice’s, which means that the NFL learned absolutely nothing from the Rice case. One would think they would take appropriate steps to make sure that wouldn’t happen again but this is more apropos that they really don’t care until the public learns about it. That’s the moment they pretend to care.
This Kareem Hunt incident is almost identical to Rice’s, which means that the NFL learned absolutely nothing from the Rice case
Not to defend former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s, Colin Kaepernick, anthem-kneeling but jokes have circled the twitterverse that if he had just hit a woman instead then he’d still be playing quarterback.
Kneeling is probably not why Kaepernick’s no longer in the league but there are a lot of people who have done worse than what Hunt did and they still play, like his former teammate Tyreek Hill who strangled his pregnant girlfriend.
Nevertheless, Hunt did publicly apologize and admits that he has nobody to blame but himself.