When the video of Kareem Hunt kicking a woman inside a hotel surfaced and he was released from the Kansas City Chiefs, questions arose about whether it was the end of his career or if some team would give him a second chance.
Even before the end of the season press conference on Monday confirmed the discussion between the two, a reunion with Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy made sense. Hunt found tremendous success under Nagy as he obtained the rushing title in his rookie season in Kansas City.
To go along with the proven history between the two, there was an identity crisis in Chicago as Jordan Howard seemingly couldn’t get anything going until the end of the season. Tarik Cohen is a dynamic weapon when appropriately used in the offense and should be a valuable asset for years to come, but Howard simply isn’t as valuable in Nagy’s offense.
Pair Hunt with a young, exciting offense being led by a promising quarterback, and he should find tremendous success, catapulting this inconsistent offense into one that would almost certainly be in the top tier of the NFL for years to come.
As tempting as this is, it shouldn’t be an option.
Some things are bigger than sports, and this is a perfect example of that. Think of the Addison Russell situation going on with the Chicago Cubs. Fans are furious to see that a player with a troubling past is still on the roster of their favorite team, and that’s without any visual evidence to the crimes he has committed. Even when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016, fans felt guilty cheering for Aroldis Chapman, another player with a history of domestic abuse.
We all want a Super Bowl, but at what expense?
It’s 2019 and professional sports are moving closer towards a zero-tolerance policy, and that’s the way it should be with the Bears. The Chiefs did the right thing by immediately letting Hunt go when video surfaced of the incident, which should be the end of Hunt’s career in the NFL. Ray Rice hasn’t played a down since his domestic violence incident, and that’s exactly how it needs to be for Hunt.
What kind of world are we in where you can be caught on video kicking a woman and still have the opportunity to make millions of dollars playing a game that millions of people watch every Sunday?
The reality of this sad situation is that Hunt will likely play again in the NFL after he is reinstated back into the league. Anybody with a conscience can agree that winning just wouldn’t feel as “right” if it included touchdowns by Hunt.
From their choreographed touchdown celebrations to “Club Dub,” the Bears are a very likable team being led by fun, trouble-free guys.
Ryan Pace would be making a drastic mistake bringing in someone like Hunt, regardless of how much he could improve this team.