The NFL has finally handed Kareem Hunt his suspension, and needless to say, the new Browns running back won’t be seeing the football field for quite some time.
?Hunt has received a suspension of eight games stemming from a video released in late 2018 that showed the running back physically assaulting a woman in a hotel. However, the NFL’s decision to suspend Hunt for only eight games now reflects poorly on their six-game suspension of Ezekiel Elliott from 2017.
So Ezekiel Elliott was suspended 6 games, and Kareem Hunt got 8 with an incredibly explicit public video of the violence committed.
— 12up (@12upSport) March 15, 2019
Elliott’s situation rested on accusations. There was no proof incriminating Zeke, as there has been in Hunt’s situation. However, the Cowboys running back was still suspended for six games, which leaves a very small gap between his and Hunt’s suspensions despite the drastically different contexts of the two incidents.
The NFL’s suspension of Hunt does not reflect the league very well and is only further fueling the idea that the league simply wanted to send Elliott a message rather than justly handing him a punishment.
Ezekiel Elliott: Incredible accuser + evidence of no wrongdoing + dismissed criminal case + recommendation for no suspension by lead NFL investigator = 6 games
Kareem Hunt: Irrefutable video evidence = 8 games
— Patrik [No C] Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) March 15, 2019
The NFL is now set to face a serious media storm, as the comparison between the two suspensions is sure to be a public debate topic.
The league finally had the chance to set the record straight and needed to get Hunt’s case right, but once again failed to do so.