Questions remain over Hunt investigation
THE most awful thing about the video which cost Kareem Hunt his job with the Kansas City Chiefs is the sense that if the guys with him hadn’t tried to restrain the player he would have done some very serious damage.
As it is, Hunt only managed to push the 19-year-old girl involved before breaking free from his friends to kick her in the head as she lay on the ground in the corridor of a Cleveland hotel. The 23-year-old running back was seen as one of the NFL’s brightest young talents, yet the incident may spell the end of his career.
The alleged assault occurred in February and while the NFL was aware of it then, Hunt was allowed to continue playing. The month before the Cleveland incident Hunt was accused of involvement in an assault on a man in a Kansas nightclub which also led to an NFL investigation.
In June he was accused of an assault on a man in Ohio who declined to press charges. The impression is of a man out of control benefiting from the apparent impunity granted to him by celebrity. Cleveland Police have launched an investigation into their handling of the February incident which saw no action taken against Hunt. That seems like a good idea.
FEW provincial club medals have been as richly deserved as that won by Kevin Cassidy for Ghaoth Dobhair this day last week. At 37 the former All Star wing-back may not be as quick as he once was but he had a storming game at full-forward as the Donegal champions edged out Scotstown by a point in extra-time.
Cassidy’s equanimity about his axing from the Donegal squad by Jim McGuinness in 2011 has always contrasted with the pettiness displayed by the manager at the time. On Sunday Cassidy reflected that McGuinness’s decision might have contributed to what he described as his greatest moment in football, “If I had stayed with Donegal I don’t think the body would have been able to play there today and there is nowhere else I’d rather be.”
He who laughs last laughs longest.
LAST season was a nightmare for Ulster rugby. Between the Jackson and Olding court case, the departure of Les Kiss and poor form on the pitch the province seemed in utter disarray. About the only bright spark was the play-off victory over the Dragons which preserved their place in the Champions Cup.
It looked a long road back but Friday night’s victory over Scarlets showed Ulster are at least some of the way there under new coach Dan McFarland. This was their first victory away to the Llanelli side in six years and makes them contenders for a place in the knock-out stages, something few would have foreseen at the start of the season.
Ulster’s win over Leicester to start the campaign underlined how the Kingspan Stadium has been a fortress in European competition and the visit of Racing 92 on January 14 already looks like a crucial encounter.