first_imgBut the thing about the NFL is that it is relentlessly, mind-numbingly stubborn. Beyond all hope, reason and logic, the members of the NFL refuse to learn basic lessons. They will repeat their mistakes again and again, until it becomes impossible to call them “mistakes.” And instead, it becomes clear that the members of the National Football League truly don’t care about anything except winning football games. Hunt made an effort to start therapy this year, mainly in hopes of earning redemption in the eyes of fans and owners. But he’s only been attending sessions for a handful of weeks and the likelihood of him staying in therapy now that his contract with the Browns is inked is low. That’s a loss, first and foremost, for Hunt. He made a grave error, and although he paid a price, he wasn’t necessarily given the tools to grow from it. I’m not making excuses for any violent athlete. Violence is never acceptable and should always be punished firmly, in any and every area of society. But the NFL fields a large group of young men from rough backgrounds, men who were not taught to channel their emotions through anything but aggression and violence on the field. It’s not surprising that football has a violence problem — what is surprising is that the league continues to fail to take any steps toward actually fixing it. I’m mad about this situation for a lot of reasons, but mainly because I am someone who believes in second chances. While I do think that certain crimes such as domestic violence or sexual assault deserve an immediate one-way ticket home from the league (Hey Tyreek Hill, you still suck), I don’t believe in a zero tolerance policy for all crimes. I believe that there is a gray area of forgiveness for most people. Without it, we wouldn’t see players like Eagles center Jason Kelce fight to overcome anger management issues. At the time, the Chiefs received lukewarm praise for finally doing the right thing, after doing the wrong thing when they thought they wouldn’t get caught. Now, Hunt is back in the league after spending just a few months out of work and even less time in therapy. He’ll probably break records next season and help Baker Mayfield to complete his transformation of Cleveland football. And so the cycle continues. It’s always the right time for the NFL to acknowledge this problem. The question is when — or, more likely, if — it will ever actually wake up. The thing that really gets me about Hunt’s firing and hiring is that it wasn’t used as an opportunity to promote change or constructive growth in either Hunt or the league. If he had been investigated properly in February, the Chiefs would have found the tape of the incident before TMZ did. The team could have suspended him, gotten him into anger management programs, mandated that he work with programs for violence against women. Rather than hiding and then lashing out when it was caught for its cowardice, the organization could have stood up and helped a young man grow. You always think that maybe the league or the teams or the coaches or the players have learned. Maybe this time, we’ll get lucky or just smart. Maybe this time, an abusive player will stay kicked out of the league for good. Maybe this time, a team won’t come to the defense of a man who beats women. Maybe this time, the NFL will find a way to keep its violence between the hash marks. The teeth-grinding thing about the NFL is that it never really changes. From the guaranteed mental and emotional effects of CTE to the common issue of anger management in young football players, the league is wracked by mental health issues, yet it simply plays blind to any issue that doesn’t involve football. As a league, however, shuttling players from one team to another in an attempt to react to scandal simply can’t be the answer anymore. If you can’t tell, I’m mad. Furious, really. I’m mad because this week, the Cleveland Browns signed running back Kareem Hunt, a superstar in the backfield who used to play for my beloved Chiefs, until a video leaked of him kicking and slurring at a woman outside of a hotel room in the offseason. The Chiefs — who had previously failed to investigate the incident, instead believing Hunt’s claim that nothing had happened — promptly cut our star running back, leaving the rest of the season on the shoulders of our kid genius quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Football teams spend millions of dollars and thousands of hours training their athletes to be stronger, faster and smarter on the field. It’s time that these teams also put the same level of dedication into teaching their athletes how to think and feel outside the lines. Julia Poe is a senior writing about her personal connection to sports. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs weekly on Thursdays.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,The PNC are in real fear at the present moment; reasons being they will have to face the electorate sooner than later. To face an electorate whom they have lied to and mislead these four years is very unnerving, to say the least, hence the shenanigans of having a delayed election.Unlike the 2015 saga, when they were ever so anxious to go to the polls, this time around, they are negotiating that route at a snail’s pace; or if they would have their way, not at all.General elections are an ultimatum, if not “the ultimatum” for that party, because all the signs and symptoms are there indicating they would have a great loss at the polls. This is not something the PNC are prepared to accept, and so they are going about this by fiddling around with the Constitution, among other oddities, which at the end of the day still cannot give them the relief they are looking for.The soon-to-be-published verdict of The CCJ would validate my claims. So they are at the end of their tether, with no solace to which they can turn, so they are once again down the path of rigging the next election.The rigging they would like to embark upon comes under the guise of an updated electoral list, which, according to them, can only be effected by a long and laborious house-to-house registration.Mind you, the Constitution of Guyana expressly proposes that an updated list can be done via the continuous registration mechanism, but they are unmoved by this constitutional requirement; they want their own PNC house-to-house formula.Now, this is their crying problem: most of their supporters have cogently expressed their views– that they will not vote for the PNC. You go down to the chic-chic boards, or talk to the man in the street, the decision is “we ain’t voting for them.”Georgetown is their rigging bowl; their stomping ground, if you please, and to get such terse replies from their very own is nerve-wracking. So they would rather give it one last-ditch effort by going out to the people and meeting them at their homes to get them to change their minds.They try to bribe the people with promises of house lots; jobs, oil is coming on stream next year and jobs will be available; trying to fool them one last time into voting for “your people.” That is the desperation and fear that has gripped the PNC full on, and they are determined to fix it in that house-to-house registration.The desperation in that house-to-house registration is also linked to matching of the numbers at headquarters. Sure as day, the numbers that have already been fed into the system must match the rigged numbers from the field.The evidence of this assertion is seen in the firing of Vishnu Persaud last year. The PNC envisage a clean job in the rigging exercise, so present an “all’s clear” path, with no scrutinising eyes around.The PNC are back to their old, disgraceful rigging ways if the playing field should only afford them the leverage. We must thwart every device they will come up with. Down with rigging! We want free and fair elections!Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more