Chiefs release RB Hunt after shocking video reveals his dishonesty

Published: 12/1/2018 2:44:47 PM
Screen-Shot-2018-12-01-at-2-38-04-PM.pngVideo released by TMZ that shows Kareem Hunt being dishoest. 

In a move that demonstrates the NFL’s zero-tolerance policy on dishonesty, the Chiefs released star running back Kareem Hunt on Friday after video emerged that showed him being dishonest. Hunt was also placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, which means he is ineligible to participate in games or practices until the NFL further investigates his lies.
 
“As part of our internal discussions with Kareem, several members of our management team spoke directly to him,” the Chiefs said in a statement that accompanied Hunt’s release. “Kareem was not truthful in those discussions. The video released today confirms that fact.”
 
It was a certain blow for the Chiefs, who hold the best record in the AFC and are considered by many to be a Super Bowl favorite. But after the video released by TMZ showed Hunt doing something he said he had not done (in this case shoving and kicking a woman in a hotel hallway), the Chiefs had no choice but to move on from the player who led the NFL in rushing last season.
 
Hunt clearly should have followed the example of Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs dynamic, game-changing wide receiver. Prior to the NFL Draft in 2016, Hill had the grace and moral fortitude to tell the Chiefs that during an argument with his girlfriend, he had thrown her around “like a ragdoll,” busted her lip, strangled her and punched her in the stomach, while she was eight weeks pregnant. Because Hill took the straightforward approach of telling Kansas City all of the details available in a two-year-old police report, they knew it was OK to choose him with a fifth-round draft choice.
 
Because if somehow a video ever emerged that showed Hill punching the stomach of his child’s mother during pregnancy, the Chiefs would feel no pressure to release him. Why? Because he was honest about what happened, and not lying makes Tyreek Hill way more employable than Kareem Hunt. If nothing else, the Chiefs have clearly shown us that lying to other men about the physical assault of a woman is truly unacceptable behavior, and telling the truth about physically assaulting the mother of your unborn child is just fine.

To make this perfectly clear: What the Chiefs are telling us is that if Kareem Hunt had been completely forthcoming about assaulting a woman when they first asked him about it back in February, the team apaprently would not have released him on Friday.
 
The NFL has long been an advocate for honesty and a crusader against dishonesty. For example, when the New England Patriots lied about science during the 2014 postseason, the league sent a team of investigators to Foxborough and produced a 243-page report proving that Tom Brady prefers white pool covers, even though he insisted his emails contained no useful evidence. The report also disproved the work of formerly esteemed scientists Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, Robert Boyle, Jacques Charles and Amedeo Avogadro, all of whom are liars and have been posthumously placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. The NFL also suspended Brady for four games and stripped the Patriots of two draft picks due to their dishonesty.

Also in 2014, the NFL increased Ray Rice’s suspension for dishonesty from two games to an indefinite ban after TMZ released video of Rice punching his fiancée in a hotel elevator. The video showed that the NFL had absolutely misjudged Rice’s dishonesty when he had previously informed Commissioner Roger Goodell face to face that he had punched his fiancée in a hotel elevator.
 
After the Rice controversy, the NFL revised its Personal Conduct Policy to give an automatic six-game ban to players who lie about assaulting women. It then strictly followed this policy by giving Giants kicker Josh Brown a one-game suspension after allegations emerged that he had beaten his wife, but super-truthful Giants owner John Mara vouched for his kicker’s honesty. Brown was released by the Giants a few weeks later when a diary emerged that demonstrated Brown’s dishonesty.
 
In another instance of honesty being rewarded by the NFL, Peyton Manning was able to elude punishment for shipments of HGH that were sent to house while he was recovering from a career-threatening neck injury. Manning honestly explained to the league that the shipments were sent to his wife and this honest disclosure to the public of what apparently was her private medical health information was enough to convince everybody that Manning was a perfectly good guy who had never done anything wrong, because in the NFL you can even throw your wife under a bus, as long as you admit to it.
 
Dave Brown is a freelance correspondent who covers the Patriots for the Monitor. You can follow him on Twitter @ThatDaveBrown.


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