Kareem Hunt, the star running back of the division leading Kansas City Chiefs was recently suspended indefinitely by the NFL and released by the Chiefs for domestic violence. With that, not only is the 19-year old woman hurt, but the NFL’s continued domestic violence issue hurts the league’s public perception once again.
The incident took place in February in Cleveland between Hunt and a 19-year old woman. The Chiefs knew about the incident but public outrage was quiet because there was no video to show the incident. That all changed when TMZ released a video of the altercation. The whole situation is reminiscent of the Ray Rice incident in 2014.
The next thing that must be brought to question is if the NFL had access to the video or even tried to obtain it. If they had the video and didn’t release it publicly or discipline Hunt, it is malpractice at the least. If they didn’t have it, it is laziness on the part of the league to not obtain it.
The NFL and their disciplinary policies have always been shady, however the last few years have been a complete nightmare for the league. From Ray Rice, to Randy Gregory, to now Kareem Hunt, the league is constantly engulfed in turmoil.
The Chiefs will deny any knowledge as will the NFL itself. The money will continue to flow and games will continue to be played. However, every time these incidents happen and Roger Goodell and the league fail to handle it properly it only harms the league going forward. Public perception is everything and with the way the NFL is going it is walking a fine line.