Kareem Hunt will no longer be a Chief. Jamie Squire/Getty Images
I am a victim of rape. I have a family member who is a victim of domestic violence. I also have a very close friend who was kicked out of the NFL and his name forever shamed for being accused of beating his girlfriend. With that being said…
This has been a touchy subject and I always try to remain open minded.
There are two sides to every story; however, when a video is leaked for the public to see, it makes people feel a certain way. When we hear accusations of domestic violence, our first reaction is to be disgusted. Then we give ourselves a moment to relax and listen to the alleged offender. For example, Reuben Foster. In the earlier incident this year, we had to give him the benefit of the doubt because the case was thrown out and we had no solid proof.
The video release of Kareem Hunt will not need a second story. Am I taking the woman’s side? Not exactly. If it IS true and she did use racial slurs, I judge her as I would anyone who does that. A disgusting human, racism will NEVER be tolerated in my eyes. We all witnessed her slap Hunt in the face. She is out of line and obviously started the incident. BUT. Watching Hunt not only shove her, but kick her while she was on the ground makes him the (excuse my language) POS. He could have easily walked away, called security. Why? Because unless a man TRULY fears for his life, it is NEVER acceptable to put your hands on a woman. EVER.
Let me jump to the other side here for a moment. Some women are bullies. They know a man’s hot spot (and I don’t mean the good one). These women like to “poke the bear.” In my friend’s case, he told her multiple times “please leave.” She instead insisted on harassing him, throwing things at his face, adding fuel to the fire. Is it still OK to touch her? NO. I just wanted to give light to the other picture. The picture we’re not supposed to see.
For anyone who sides with Kareem Hunt, Reuben Foster, Ray Rice… The list goes on… I ask you to do me one favor. Open your mind. Put yourself in the position the woman was in. Do you know what it’s like to feel scared for your life? To be in a room or a car with someone who has full power over you? Personally, it takes a lot to put fear inside of me but I have been there. I have even been there, surrounded by his family and friends while they stood there and did nothing to help me. And I can tell you, it is an awful feeling to know that you can’t grab your phone or ask anyone for help. To know that you have to be silent or apologize repeatedly for something you didn’t even do. Because at any second, your life can end. If not end, an ass beating from hell may as well make you feel like dying.
One last side, the NFL’s side. Shame on them for only “handling” the matter when it was exposed. For giving fans the notion that it is OK unless you are caught. This league only cares about money. Kareem Hunt is a special player. His talent is immaculate and exciting to watch. His TALENT brings in ratings and sells jerseys. Unfortunately, this will not change. This is a money-influenced world. Do we ban the sport? No. Do we stop buying sports gear? No. We just hope that the players in those locker rooms influence their teammates in positive ways. We hope that men learn to walk away, be grateful for the opportunity to do what they love and play the sport they worked their entire lives to play at this level.
Being a part of the sports media, I will always remain open minded and view every assault/abuse case fairly. I will always listen to both sides. However, I will NEVER side with video footage showing any form of abuse towards a woman.
As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.
Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).
Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.
But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.
Cristian Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. He acknowledged that some of his struggles last year could be attributed to some extra weight he was carrying around in addition to the already-documented mechanical flaws he had.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 22, 2024
In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.
Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.
The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.