A FanPost by BDChiefsFan
I wanted to write this in February, right after Dorsey signed Hunt. But I didn’t. I felt lazy. I felt sick to my stomach, all over again. When the Hunt video came out, it took me a bit to move on as a fan. I felt he only toe-touched the young woman. I was all over twitter stating the alleged racist word the young woman may have said. I was thinking, “if they suspend Hunt for 4-5 games, or even rest of the regular season, I would be ok with it. Just let him play in the postseason.” I even got blocked by a national NFL writer for arguing on his twitter about Hunt’s toe touching.
Well, the Kansas City Chiefs released Hunt, and the ownership claimed it was because Hunt had “lied” to them about the incident. Right then, I was done with Hunt. I realized, that as a poster boy for a billion-dollar business, he cannot hit women. He just cannot hit people under ANY circumstances. After that, only thing I wished for Hunt was that he gets counseling and help on his anger issues. Should he get a second chance? sure. But let him stay away from football for a bit, get his head straight, and then he can come back. As for the football player Hunt, I was done with him.
So when the Browns signed Hunt, I felt sick all over again. I felt Chiefs got the short end of the stick. But this is the world we live in now. If a player has done something bad (a video of which exists), his NFL team will kick him out so they don’t have to answer tough questions, then another NFL team can pick him up after a certain amount of time has passed (after Media gets other, bigger fish to fry). They can make some generic comments and pay not much of a penalty. The Reuben Foster case proved that. Hunt is proving that. The media has moved on. So have the fans.
So where are we today? The Chiefs just traded for and signed Frank Clark to an extension. Given the team’s history, and Clark’s history, should they have signed Clark? Probably not, but as long as Clark stays relatively clean (doesn’t put anything bad on video), he will be fine. The Chiefs will be fine.
Which brings us to the Tyreek Hill news. Johnson County DA is not going to criminally charge Hill, because the evidence is inconclusive. They believe Hill’s kid has been physically harmed and Child Protection is looking into it. But no criminal charges for the star receiver. Hill is scott free from a law enforcement standpoint. Excuse me, I have to go bang my head onto a nearby wall.
/3 minutes later
The NFL will suspend Hill, for a slate of 4-6 games. The Chiefs will plan to play without him for that portion. The Chiefs will then sign Hill to an extension, AFTER the season. They will probably use this recent news to have some out’s in Hill’s contract. They will try to give Hill a little less money using this. Great for the team.
I will cheer the Chiefs on when they win the Superbowl at the end of the season. But morally, I will become a little vacuous. As long as we win the Superbowl baby! Right?
The NFL will keep going on, keep hiring these young men will troubled pasts, presents and futures. As long as they can tout the “mental help” these men are getting. They will take meager steps to keep public face. But domestic violence and violence against strangers will keep happening. Now I know my team isn’t any different than any other team regarding this issue. There is no moral high ground. There’s only dollar making for the Shield. And lure of the Superbowl.