According to a report from The Athletic, the Chiefs knew that the Hunt video existed and repeatedly attempted to obtain it. However, they were “told by the NFL to stop pursuing it later in February once the league began its investigation.” If it’s determined that the league knew about the Hunt video and did nothing about it, the Breakout Live team debates whether the owners should once and for all take action against Roger Goodell.
If the report is true, then this thing is going to blow up right in Goodell’s face. How can you claim to have zero tolerance for violence against women and then sit on this information for 10 months? And oh-by-the-way, Hunt played in 11 freaking games despite the league knowing about what he’d done. It’s so myopic and so hypocritical that it’s basically a farce, only with real-world consequences.
After what has happened with Ray Rice, Rueben Foster and now Kareem Hunt, the last thing the NFL could do was try to bury this – but that’s exactly what they did. Somebody will fall on the sword, and it will probably be one of Goodell’s cronies like always. But the writing is on the wall: Goodell’s days are numbered.
The owners should have taken action against Roger Goodell long ago. But the pantheon of morality and ethics known as NFL ownership has decided that profits trump all. Goodell has botched far too many player discipline cases and acted like an arbitrary tyrant far too often. He suspended Tom Brady based on silly accusations and miserable science. He suspended Ezekiel Elliott despite the police and his own lead investigator doubting the veracity of the accuser. Yet he went soft on Ray Rice for knocking out his fiancé, but then changed his mind only after the public saw the video.
The Hunt case sure is starting to sound like the Ray Rice case all over again. The NFL knew Hunt was accused of attacking a woman and they knew there was a video. Yet they seemed to have called off the dogs and hoped the public would never catch wind of it. It’s too far-fetched to believe an organization as powerful as the NFL couldn’t get their hands on this video but TMZ could. And even if they couldn’t, where was the investigation into the allegations as with Zeke Elliott? If it’s proven that Goodell once again botched another player discipline case, he should at least be suspended; although I firmly believe he should have been ousted as commissioner long ago for his incompetent, tyrannical, and arbitrary handling of player discipline.
Senior News & Fantasy Editor
Absolutely. Goodell has stolen money for years anyway. Juxtapose the Hunt situation with the way the NFL handled Ezekiel Elliott last season. There seems to be zero objectivity with Goodell and the NFL. Once they decide they want to make a point, they make it at all costs regardless of evidence to the contrary.
In this case, it appears Goodell and the NFL just wanted to keep the Hunt situation hush-hush and likely were involved in pushing the Chiefs to release Hunt. Maybe this is why Cleveland wanted to interview Condi Rice. They knew Goodell’s time might be up and wanted to curry favor with the next commissioner.
George “Cannonball” West
With the cash register ringing, Roger is all good. In 2006, Roger Goodell was named the Commissioner of the National Football League. That year, the league’s total gross revenue was $6.54 billion. Last year, 11 seasons into Roger’s Reign, the gross revenues were $13.68 Billion.
In my opinion, if you more than double the drop to the tune of over $6 billion for 32 men who are as money-obsessed as those who own NFL teams, you don’t have to worry about a video in a hotel hallway. In a month, the fans who pay the billions will have already forgotten the incident, and the owners won’t hear any of their complaints anyway over the echoing ring of the cash register.