Joseph A. Griswold –Assistant Sports Editor
What is the worth of a woman according to the National Football League? Eight games. Just eight games. That was the suspension handed to Cleveland Brown’s running back Kareem Hunt last week, after a video of him punching and kicking a woman emerged in November last year.
Following the release of the video, Hunt was quickly released by his formed team the Kansas City Chiefs; however, the running back did not stay unemployed long signing a one year contract with the Cleveland Browns in February.
Hunt’s suspension serves as another example of the NFL’s failure to appropriately punish domestic abusers in the league.
Hunt is now a part of a growing notorious list of NFL domestic abusers including Reuben Foster, Greg Hardy, Joe Mixon, Ray Rice and many others.
This is not a one-time event, and continuing incidents make it clear that the NFL has a domestic violence problem and is doing nothing to solve it.
This is furthered by last year’s resignation of Deborah Epstein, co-director of the Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic from The National Football League’s Players Association commission on domestic violence.
Epstein’s resignation came after repeated attempts to take concrete steps to reduce domestic violence in the league. However, after continuous talk and no policy change Epstein decided that she “could no longer continue to be part of a commission that is essentially a fig leaf.”
Following her resignation, the NFL thanked her in a short one-sentence email while not responding to any of the issues she raised.
To Epstein the message was clear, “The NFL Players Association is no longer interested in even making a public show of concern about violence against women,” she wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post.
The NFL’s failure to provide a zero tolerance policy towards domestic violence makes one point abundantly clear. The NFL cares more about money than it does the safety and well being of women.