Black Quarterback: The Jump the Gun Episode
By Brandon Simmons
Did the Chiefs Jump the Gun on Kareem Hunt?
Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt has been the talk of the entire league since Friday, when a video was released of him, kicking a woman in an incident in early February. Police were called to the scene but no charges were filed. Fast forward to this past weekend where TMZ released the video to the public, thus causing the ill-advised release of the young running back. Since Ray Rice in 2014, the NFL has tried to do all they can to combat domestic violence but it has really left their reputation in such matters, just as abused.
That 2014 incident between Rice and his wife, sparked a whole new set of domestic violence rules added to the league’s personal conduct policy. The first-time offenders of these rules will get a minimum 6 game suspension, the next incident will be a lifetime ban. So far, the only player to truly serve that minimum was former Panthers and Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy. His case resulted in no charges but he was still able to be picked up by the Cowboys as an unrestricted free agent. A year later, Josh Brown, kicker for the New York Giants, was only suspended one game for domestic violence allegations, until it was revealed he admitted to a history of abuse and was cut from the team. Even last week, linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested for domestic violence last week by the Washington Redskins. In other words, the league has fucked this up before and they will fuck this up again.
In Hunt’s situation there are so many things going wrong on both sides, that it’s hard to really give him this harsh of a punishment. The running back did lie to the Chiefs that he was involved in the altercation, but he said the league did not talk to him at all. The police did not obtain footage from the hotel to see what was really going on. The woman who was kicked, was drinking underage and also acting very belligerent, which sort of escalated the situation at hand.
The main problem with Kareem’s situation is that it is being treated through a PR mindset and not necessarily approached with common sense. People are calling this domestic violence, in which it is legally not, since he has had no prior relationship with this woman. They are just confusing it with the fact he is hitting a woman because by society’s standards that is unacceptable. At BOSS Sports and Black Quarterback’s standards, it is unacceptable; but at what point does some of the burden of condemnation gets taken off the man? This isn’t him just holding her down and striking here or slamming her on automatic weapons, she actually is striking back at him as well. There’s a story floating around that Hunt threw the woman and her friend out because they did not want to have sex with one of his friends. That should be enough for her to walk away without any type of static.
The NFL has made its mistakes in the past regarding domestic violence discipline and this is turning out to be one of them. The Chiefs did not need to cut Hunt for any reason at all; a simple suspension would have been just fine. They’re trying to make a statement on a situation that is far from being black and white as it could be in terms of what’s right and wrong.
Is Rodgers Next?
Last week, I wrote about Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers needing to stop making guarantees. Ironically, he could not guarantee that his head coach, Mike McCarthy, would get fired before the season ends, after losing to the Arizona Cardinals. Reports are pouring out that the relationship between McCarthy and Rodgers was deteriorating, and it seeped into the struggles of the offense. At the end of the Game against the Bills, it was said that Rodgers would change the plays that McCarthy would send it. But even then, it was reported things were beginning to sour before that moment. However, when it comes to Rodgers what is he going to be smelling when his career finishes?
Aaron Rodgers wants to win another Super Bowl before he retires, as well as the Green Bay Packers; but there’s only so many years of these two being together for those wishes to be granted. At 35 years old, and his recent history of injuries, the Packers should start looking for his replacement in the next draft. In the last 2 seasons, a few teams have picked their quarterbacks of the future and it’s only a matter of time before Green Bay has to make that move. Rodgers might not be healthy enough to play at a high level into his late 30’s/early 40’s like Drew Brees or Tom Brady. It would be better. It’s probably something the team has thought about, especially with a new head coach coming in that might want to develop their own younger talent. McCarthy took this hit but now the Packer’s success of the immediate future They will give the Rodgers and the new guy a year or two to get the offense on track and put the team in a competitive spot. But if no championships come after that, then Rodgers might join a long line of long time Packers who’ve had to say farewell to the team before they were ready to.
Out of Their System
The New Orleans Saints lost to the Dallas Cowboys last Thursday night 20-17, snapping a 10-game winning streak. Cowboys fans were hype, of course, that their team knocked off the hottest team in the league. However, Saints fans should probably feel a little jubilation as well. They have not lost a game since Week 1 and might develop a false sense of security heading into the playoffs. Granted, they did beat an offensively-loaded Los Angeles Rams team a few weeks ago but it’s good to get knocked down so you can get up a little better. The Saints may very well be deep into the playoffs this season, so it will help seeing the mistakes needed to be corrected.
Shout out to Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson for bringing the old AP back for at least 1 play. On Monday Night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Peterson ran the ball 90 yards for a touchdown, scoring the 106th of his career. It also tied him with Jim Brown for 5th all-time in rushing touchdowns.
Shut out to more Redskin injuries. Redskin QB Colt McCoy ended his season with a broken fibula in that same game, which was his 2nd start since replacing injured QB Alex Smith. Washington already worked out 4 quarterbacks at the time of Smith’s injury but decided on Mark Sanchez, who will be the current starter at the moment.
That’s all for this week but this weekend could provide some much needed playoff intensity. The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys are coming off wins but Philly will be pulling into Dallas, 1 game behind the NFC East leaders, looking to even things up. The Chicago Bears and their amazing defense will take on the Los Angeles Rams’ dangerous offense. This Bears’ defensive unit will get a huge test Sunday night before they hit the postseason so it should be interesting to see how it plays out for them…but until then…I’ll holla.
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