The Niners lost to the Tampa Bay Bucs but the big news of the week transpired prior to the game. Reuben Foster was arrested for yet another domestic violence incident… with the same women that he abused before. The Niners did the right thing and cut him from the team immediately. The organization did more than what was expected to try to turn this young man’s life around, but Reuben couldn’t separate the violence of football from his personal life. His teammates, especially Richard Sherman, tried to take him under his wings but that also didn’t help. Regardless of the tough upbringing that Reuben suffered from, there comes a time when a grown man must take responsibility for his actions.
In breaking news, a video surfaced on Nov 30 of Kareem Hunt, the star running back of the Kansas City Chiefs, shoving a woman then kicking her while she was on the floor. This incident took place in February but the video just surfaced for the public to view. It’s not clear if the Chiefs knew about the video prior to Nov 30, but their statement was that they knew of the incident, didn’t know about the video, and trusted Kareem’s version of the incident. They saw that the video did not match Kareem’s story so they cut him from the team immediately. There is a “he said, she said” bantering going on but regardless of “who started it”, there is no excuse for a man to hit a women under any circumstance…. Period !!!
A day after the Niners cut Foster, the Washington Redskins signed him to a contract. While the media was criticizing the Redskin Management for signing Foster, Sr. Vice President Doug Williams stated that what Foster did was “small potatoes”, so they signed him. YIKES !!! Yes, he really said that… The Philadelphia Eagles were somewhat interested in signing Foster but they called the Tampa Bay police and decided to pass. The Redskins, on the other hand, have a number of Alabama players on their team so decided to add another one.
With respect to Foster and Hunt, kudos to the Niners and Chiefs for doing the right thing. The Redskins, on the other hand continue to be two-faced about condemning violence but hiring violent personnel. The same can be said about the Dallas Cowboys (Randy Gregory), Cincinnati Bengals (Joe Mixon), Kansas City Chiefs (Tyreke Hill… yes, they did the right thing with Kareem Hunt but Hill is still on the team), and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Jameis Winston). And this list is just off the top of my head without doing any research.
It’s clear that the NFL’s (Owners and Commissioner) top priority is making money. They say the right things about condemning violence and doing everything they can to protect players from injury, but their actions do not match what they say… They do NOT walk-the-walk!!! In regard to domestic violence, this fact came out so clearly in the Ray Rice case where both the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL continued to support Rice until the infamous video surfaced. They then had to do an about face and finally punish Rice. They defended Rice because he was a money draw for the Ravens. Also, the NFL has been doing all players injustice by continuing to play and promote Thursday Night Football. It is a known fact that four days simply isn’t enough time to recover from the violence that they go through every Sunday. The NFL says they are doing everything they can to protect players but still play on Thursdays for the revenue.
There is no doubt in my mind that another NFL team will claim Kareem Hunt because he is still young and in the prime of his career and he is a money draw.
Bay Area Sports:
- The Oakland A’s announced a new plan to build a new baseball venue in Jack London Square. We’ve all heard this before so I’ll believe it when shovel hits dirt.
- The SF Giants under new GM, Farhan Zaidi, made the first players decision by keeping Joe Panik, Sam Dyson and Will Smith while releasing Hunter Strickland and Gorkys Hernandez. While these aren’t “turn-around” decisions, they are the correct ones with the players currently on the roster.
- The GS Warriors are getting Steph Curry back from injury on Dec 1 and Draymond Green soon thereafter. This comes at a time when Kevin Durant has found his “happy zone” and has carried the team. In his last three games, KD has scored 44, 49 and 51 points while playing equally well on defense. As Steph is the QB of the team and directs traffic and the flow of the game, what makes him a super-star is the fact that he knows how to get the “hot” player involved in the flow. With KD playing his best ball of his career and Steph getting back into the flow, we should enjoy great basketball from here on in… and better enjoyment when Draymond, Zo McKinnie and Boogie Cousins begin playing again.
- Steph Curry is the most beloved athlete in sports history. Not only is he beloved on the court, his actions off the court tell the true story of why he is so beloved. Last week, a 9 year-old girl named Riley Morrison from Napa, who is a diehard Warrior fan, wrote Steph a letter saying that she has been trying without success to buy Steph Curry 5 basketball shoes. Steph wrote back to her in a hand written letter telling her that he worked with Under Armour to fix the problem. He sent her a pair to Curry 5 shoes, worked with Under Armour to correct the marketing of these shoes to young girls, will send her a new pair of Curry 6’s when they come out, and invited her to a special day on March 8 (International Women’s Day) at the Warrior’s home game. “That’s the beauty of Steph,” Steve Kerr said. “He understands his power. He understands the impact he can make on people’s lives. And I’m incredible proud of him.”