Sometimes sports reflect our society. Sometimes ugly things in our society find their way into sports.
Recent events that surround former Chiefs star running back Kareem Hun make us all take a closer look at living your life right. I hope the female victim of this domestic assault can receive the help she needs to overcome the despicable act. Domestic violence and bullying should never be tolerated.
It is difficult to understand how the act could find its way into the lives of people who appear to have so much going for them. Unfortunately, the NFL seems to face it on a regular basis. There have been several high-profile NFL players who have been suspended or released again this year due to domestic violence.
Well-known athletes are not immune to physiological and emotional problems. They should be held to the same standards as all of society. The NFL should recognize that due to the physicality of the game players can be more likely to have their trigger tripped especially when drugs and alcohol may become involved and it may escalate the level of abuse.
Athletes need to be aware that they will be held accountable just like everyone else in society. Often when they are placed on a pedestal, which may falsely lead them to believe that they are somehow better. Hunt has been a superstar and an All-Pro running back and was in the midst of a great year. Few will ever have that type of accomplishment.
As I walk in and out of Arrowhead Stadium each home game, I see hundreds if not thousands of fans wearing Kareem Hunt jerseys. Hunt was not just a regular guy to the fans in Kansas City. The fallout will have a major impact on the Chiefs organization and local community, especially in light of the fact that Hunt lied to the organization when confronted.
He obviously has some deep-seated issues and needs intervention to help him overcome those issues. Football is merely a sidelight. He has most likely ruined a very promising career.
As with all bad situations, it should become a teachable moment. Young fans will hopefully learn that no matter who you are, you still need to pay for your actions. My father used to tell me at least once a day “You are where you are because that is where you want to be.” I have found that to be true throughout my life.
The character of the team and coaches will be challenged due to the senseless act by one of their own. Time will only tell how the whole situation will play out, but hopefully the adversity will make the team stronger, but more importantly, the young victim can go on with her life and overcome the fallout of the event.
Hunt must receive much-needed counseling and anger management assistance. No one is perfect but domestic violence and bullying can never be tolerated. Sports can put a spotlight on such situations to benefit the general population. The NFL has the opportunity to stand up and become a positive example.
• Big 12 football is a lot of fun to watch and the championship game did not disappoint. The Oklahoma-Texas game was a typical Big 12 shootout. Defense is totally out the window in the Big 12. If you are a defensive coach in the conference you must be either bald or gray!
• This year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament should be fun to watch in March with great teams of Duke, KU and Gonzaga.
• My quote of the week comes from American clergyman Henry Ward Beecher: ‘’A man is the reliability of himself. His reputation is the opinion others have formed of him. Character is in him; reputation is from other people.”
– Tim Crone, a William Chrisman High School graduate, is a former activities director and coach for Blue Springs High School and is a host of a weekly radio show, “Off the Wall with Tim Crone,” on KCWJ (1030 AM) 6 p.m. every Monday. He writes a weekly column for The Examiner. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.