Kelvin Kuo / Associated Press NFL released a curious statement Friday night on the devastating and ugly video TMZ published…
Kelvin Kuo / Associated Press
NFL released a curious statement Friday night on the devastating and ugly video TMZ published showing one of the league star players, Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt, shoving and kicking a woman in a hotel. Curious is a word for it. There are others.
“The NFL survey, which began immediately after the event in February,” The Declaration “partially read” will include a review of the new information published today “.
New Information? That’s what we should think this was?
This is not to claim that the cover has happened or attempted. We do not know. We may never know.
What we know is NFL using a private army full of ex-cops, FBI agents and former investigators. The league could find a cruise on Vladimir Putin’s dog’s ass while the dog was in Moscow and it was in New York.
And yet TMZ could get this band but a billion dollar league could not?
No, not a cover, but it is remarkably strange.
Ligan placed Hunt on the Commissioner’s Excluded List and released his statement in response to the TMZ report. Then, announced Chiefs just minutes after the statement was released, in one of the fastest moving big stories of the year, they announced that they had released Hunt. He’s gone (for now).
So, in the typical NFL form, when it comes to players and violence against women, the league eventually took action, but it was still too late only after public screams made it impossible for redirects.
Maybe this time, NFL also tried to do the right thing. TMZ reported that the league contacted the hotel and the police when they tried to retrieve the video. We do not know what lengths it may have – or have not gone beyond it. But because of the league’s history there is every reason to doubt their intentions.
Football, violence against women and a video – sounds familiar? Why yes. Yes it does.
In 2014, Ray Rice struck his fiancé, Janay Palmer, in an elevator and NFL said it had not heard of a video finally found by TMZ. The league only reacted strictly when these horror images from this elevator occurred.
But what happened to rice was to change everything. That was at least what we were told. But now we have Hunt’s actions from February 2018, and again, a league of huge economic and investigative resources was outhustled by TMZ.
We do not know how TMZ got the video or how NFL might have missed it. Nothing about the league’s actions or inaction can be proved at this stage.
But there are basically three possible explanations why the league once again had no brutal and definitive evidence of the violent behavior of one of its stars: NFL and the bosses were really ignorant, they were deliberately ignorant or they were complicated in trying to cover up.
I’m taking the third opportunity from the table for now. I do not even think NFL imagines that it might be a cover of something like this anymore. Sometimes I’m not sure NFL can pull a bake sale.
We should also give TMZ some credit. It would not be shocking at all if TMZ is simply better to find these things.
But it’s quite fair to wonder if NFL did not want to find a video. Ligas history has lost the advantage of doubts about it. It’s fair to wonder if it just wanted to believe Hunt and did and then canceled its search for other evidence. (We have seen where the NFL team and the league ignored an indicator lamp and proceeded to sign a player who had committed violence because of his talent. The managers actually did it by signing wide recipient Tyreek Hill.)  Whatever, The result is the same: Another horrible and shameful situation in a league that makes too many mistakes in this arena.
“See you again as a league as amateurs on this issue,” told a NFC coach Bleacher Report on Friday.
The league has abused many allegations of violence against women, and we do not need to look deep into history. The giants extended the contract by kicker Josh Brown, knowing his daddy Molly, had said that he was violent against her. In the league he originally canceled a game. When Brown’s outrageous abuse was committed, the league struck him six matches in the end.
The Washington team signed linebacker Reuben Foster only days after he was released by 49ers after allegations of domestic violence.
There are more examples, and one of the common names is that NFL gets stuck, saying it will handle things better next time and then when next time it will make the same mistakes.
It’s the horrible NFL two step in this matter.
Unless this two step goes into circles and never ends – a systemic problem that the league intentionally or not has sent “around and” around instead of solving.
Foot forward. Ten steps back.
Here we go again.
Mike Freeman covers NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @mikefreemanNFL.