NFL must change abuse rules


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NFL commisioner Roger Goodell stands on the sideline of the Steelers at Redskins game on Sept. 12, 2016. Goodell has been commissioner since 2006

Before this year’s NFL season had started, Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt had been involved in a domestic violence incident in February. The league had claimed they looked into it and did not suspend him. However, nine months later, TMZ had obtained and leaked a video of the incident to the public. The NFL claimed they had never seen the video and would continue their now nine month investigation, which led them to then suspend him.

I’m not sure if you have ever heard of the NFL, but it is a multibillion dollar football league that can gain access to about anything it wants. TMZ is a glorified paparazzi TV show. The NFL could have easily obtained this video, and this exposes just how corrupt the league is when it comes to discipline.

Many may remember the Ray Rice incident where something similar had happened: he was suspended two games until the video leaked and he has not played since. But Hunt is a different case; he led the NFL in rushing last year and is part of one of the top three offenses in the NFL. Several executives have stated they would either like to sign Hunt next year because there is no punishment for it.

This sickens me that an organization as big as this would allow players to do this with a slap on the wrist because of their value. There is no accountability or punishment of any kind for the NFL. The outrage of the public has no effect on them, or the voices of the victims of abuse.

This is such a powerful league that could get to the bottom of anything about their players that they wish, but they would rather not think about it. Roger Goodell must either step down or actually punish these players for doing something that many people go to prison for; otherwise, the NFL is going to continue to be under fire with falling ratings. After the protesting of the national anthem the last few seasons, the NFL saw mass rating drops so they got rid of Kaepernick and were recovering the ratings back up with a high powered Chiefs offense, and now the league is left exposed. Someone is going to end up going down for this whether it’s the guilty players, or the already unliked commissioner.