Underneath all the headlines for Super Bowl 53 was the new report about ex-Chiefs running back, Kareem Hunt; there are “multiple teams” interested in the recently released back and that he will “have a job sooner than later.” This comes courtesy of ESPN’s Adam Schefter who is as dialed in as anyone when it comes to league matters. In fact, the name Kareem Hunt was one of the most popular topics all across the Twitterverse on Sunday. Some examples:
Could the Seahawks be among teams interested in Kareem Hunt?
— Seahawks Fangirl (@seahawksFGSN) January 21, 2019
Report: Multiple NFL teams interested in Kareem Hunt https://t.co/M41DYOEdR6
— The News-Herald (@newsheraldinoh) January 21, 2019
I have to say that this is absolutely ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong, I do agree that people deserve second chances, but to get rewarded for an act of violence is absurd. Let’s take a quick look at the infractions held against him, shall we?
• Video of Hunt shoving a woman to the ground and then kicking her while she was down surfaced, prompting Kansas City to cut him.
• Another second video from an incident at a club surfaced and shows Hunt being restrained by security following an alleged attack against a man.
• Hunt is also accused of punching a second man at a resort in Ohio during the summer of 2018. There was no video, but the claim was confirmed.
We are living in a world and a league that continues to supposedly take a stand against domestic violence or violence against women. How is taking a stand offering you a path back to employment with an even bigger paycheck? Hunt was released with his contract being voided, which means he is a free agent right now who stands to make more than $600k+ under his previous rookie deal. So basically you’re telling me a NFL player can get into an altercation, take a vacation and then come back to a bigger paycheck? How can this be credible? This is a league where I am told big money shouldn’t be spent on running backs since you can grab a starter at any point in the draft. If this is the case, why are so many teams interested in Hunt?
I understand nothing right now is final by any means, but just the notion that this player could actually come out ahead makes me disgusted. Am I wrong here?
Dive further into this issue with Radio Personality and Fantasy Sports Analyst/Sports Writer Tony “Jigsaw” Cutillo as he welcomes all comments and opinions. He uses his expertise to elaborate on all the top stories of the week while using his perspective to gauge interest. Here are his other sticking points he has up for interpretation this week:
• Fantasy Football. Who is Damien Williams?
This is one of the most intriguing names in Fantasy Football heading into the 2019 offseason. Damien Williams was cut by the Miami Dolphins because of their crowded backfield. He didn’t find much success in Miami, averaging just over 300 total yards per season with the Dolphins from 2014-17. Suddenly, he’s one of the Chiefs’ most important offensive players and the team has already seen enough to commit to him beyond this season.The 26-year-old finished the season on a tear and there’s reason to believe he could have another big role to begin 2019. If there is no attempt by KC to bring in a high draft pick or free agent running back, would you classify him a RB1 or RB2?
• NFL. Will Baker Mayfield be the leader of the “New” NFL?
Coming into this season all the talk was centered around the QBs in the draft, plus Saquon Barkley. Barkley was mentioned as the next LaDainian Tomlinson and everyone was trying to figure out who the next great QB was going to be out of the bunch. I was on record of saying Mayfield was the #1 guy, not only from a talent perspective, but from the total package. He had the makings a true leader in college and they have transferred right over to the professional level. Are you sold?
• MLB. Mariano Rivera brings his presence to Cooperstown.
Mariano Rivera pitched for one of baseball’s hated teams, but was always a personable talent. His smooth delivery and quiet approach are what set him apart from the competition. He set the career saves record with 652 in 19 seasons, plus 42 more in the postseason. He helped the New York Yankees build a dynasty that won them five World Series titles. In a last standing memory, Rivera made an emotional exit in September 2013, when he was removed in what turned out to be his career finale. After the final out, Rivera went back to the mound where he became famous and gathered a bit of his workplace to take home. He is undoubtedly the greatest closer of all time in my opinion. How about yours?
• NBA. Luka Dončić is taking over!
In the days leading up to the NBA draft, the main question surrounding Luka Dončić was how the 6’8″ wing’s play in EuroLeague would translate to the NBA. Though he was arguably the most accomplished draft picks in the fold with MVPs and championships in leagues widely considered to be more competitive than the NCAA, he couldn’t help but to be tied down by the weight of his failed European predecessors. Well, I think that question has been answered and in a big way. Dončić has taken the NBA by storm and has been a revelation to the basketball world. He’s no bust. It’s January, and the Rookie of the Year award is already his. Did you doubt him leading up to the draft?
— NBA (@NBA) January 21, 2019
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