In NFL, it al­ways comes down to the bot­tom line

The Tribune (SLO) - - Classifieds - BY PAUL NEW­BERRY

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.”

ROGELIO V. SOLIS AP

The Ten­nessee Ti­tans se­lected Mis­sis­sippi State de­fen­sive player Jef­fery Sim­mons with the 19th over­all pick.

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