Big Brother is watching.
That ominous warning from George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eight-Four, published in 1949, came 70 years into the future to strike down the career of ascendant Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, who was practicing for the Chiefs’ Sunday game with the Oakland Raiders when a hotel security video of Hunt shoving and kicking a woman made its internet debut.
The football club immediately released Hunt and he could find that he is even less popular than former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who finds himself in equal exile for exercising his Constitutional right to free speech.
Hunt was good, no doubt, but the Kansas City Chiefs are making the run home with an easy fixture in front of them and they look close to locks for the number one seeding from the American Football Conference.
Hunt can get in touch with Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell, who is also idle, with the exception that Bell thought he was worth more than the $US 14 million, and over a longer period of time, than the Steelers were willing to pay/give him.
Both clubs will be okay. The 300 million-plus population of the US seems to be teeming with large, fast men who are eager to abandon service sector work for the glitz and glamour of the NFL.
The Chiefs might even provide an opportunity for Valentine Holmes, as he shares a surname with Priest Holmes, the Chief’s star running back for seven seasons back in the early days of the 21st century.
The NFL churns through players like a group of Brisbane schoolteachers churns through the schooners during holiday and old age and injuries account for the majority of the turnover, so when a player engages in the sort of stupidity of which 23-year-olds such as Kareem Hunt often prove themselves capable, it is a sad moment for the league, Hunt and most importantly, Hunt’s victim.
One of the other 31 teams in the NFL will, after a sufficient amount of time has passed, take a chance on a reformed Kareem Hunt, as NFL fans and the public in general have short memories for indiscretions, so long as those indiscretions are accounted for on the playing ground.