In NFL, it always comes down to the bottom line
Frank Clark will be making big bucks next season in the NFL.
Kareem Hunt gets a shot at redemption.
That video of Jeffery Simmons will be forgiven.
Ditto for Nick Bosa’s tweets.
Chances are, someone will find a way to employ Tyreek Hill.
With the NFL – and, really, everything in life – it always comes down to the bottom line. The owners are simply working the numbers, deducing that whatever baggage the aforementioned rogues bring to a franchise’s reputation are more than offset by their stellar ability on the playing field.
The Venn diagram goes something like this:
More wins lead to more fans.
More fans mean more dollars.
More dollars make owners even richer.
Rest assured, nothing’s going to change until those filling the seats and bolstering the TV ratings back up whatever disgust they may be feeling by actually abandoning their support of the NFL. And if you think that’s likely to happen, we’d love to hook you up with a Nigerian prince who’s holding millions of dollars in your name.
A quick recap of the league’s infamous offseason (so far):
Looking to bolster a porous defense that cost them a chance to play in the Super Bowl, the Kansas City Chiefs worked out a trade and a new $105.5 million contract for pass rusher Clark. Never mind that he was kicked off his college team at Michigan after a domestic violence arrest in 2014. Or that, while with the Seattle Seahawks, he went on Twitter to taunt a female reporter over her story about domestic violence in sports, offering her a job cleaning his fish tank after she washed out as a journalist.
The Chiefs’ decision to trade for Clark drew additional scrutiny because …
Hunt, the NFL’s top rusher in 2017, was released by Kansas City late last season when a hideous video surfaced that showed him shoving a woman and then kicking her while she was defenseless on the floor of a hotel hallway. Of course, Hunt has since received a second chance from the Cleveland Browns, though he'll be suspended for the first eight games of the 2019 season. Citing his Christian faith but no doubt eager to build on the promise of a sevenwin season, general manager John Dorsey said, “I see a lot of men of character who commit egregious acts. But at the end of the day, they learn from those acts, moved forward and became better people.”
Meanwhile, back in Kansas City …
AA local TV station aired graphic audio this week in which Hill and his fiance, Crystal Espinal, angrily discuss how their 3-year-old son was injured. Espinal said hill was “punching” the boy in the chest and using a belt on him for discipline, while Hill issued an obscene threat against Espinal. A prosecutor declined to press charges after being unable to determine who abused the child. Hill has maintained his innocence, but the Chiefs barred the speedy receiver from all team-related activities while the investigation is ongoing. It’s also worth noting that Hill was kicked off his college team at Oklahoma State for a domestic violence arrest.
Moving on to the draft …
Simmons was picked 19th overall by the Tennessee Titans, who shrugged off a video from 2016 that showed him striking a woman during a brawl that also involved his sister and mother. Simmons has apologized for the incident and had no troubles during his three years at Mississippi State. “I’m not perfect,” he said. “I made the mistake. I own up to it. I wasn’t raised like that, to strike a woman.”
The Tennessee Titans selected Mississippi State defensive player Jeffery Simmons with the 19th overall pick.