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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:46 pm 
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Seems like this player is going to be talked about more this offseason. So he deserved his own topic.

I just heard part of a discussion of him on the radio this morning with Adam Schefter. They were specifically talking about his getting an NFL conduct suspension. Scheftie was saying that potentially, this could be handled by the NFL like some past situation some years back, where they gave him "time served" based on the games lost since he was cut. But he also pointed out that the NFL seemingly has an ongoing investigation into not only that incident, but the two other reported incidents. So expect at least 6 games out to come from the NFL. He didn't seem to think that "time served" would be the route the NFL would go with this, although it's possible.

That's what I heard anyway.


It looks like the question becomes, is it worth signing him if he's only going to play 8-10 regular season games?

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 Post subject: Re: Kareem Hunt
PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:31 pm 
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^ Yes absolutely he is. Howard is out of contract after the 2019 season and he's not coming back, IMO.

I don't think much is going to come out of those other two altercations. There are no police reports or charges pressed, investigation or not how can you punish someone for something that is viewed as a crime by the county/state?

I think he'll still get 6 games and MAYBE could contest it down to 4 (time-served), but who knows how Goodell will be feeling that day.

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 Post subject: Re: Kareem Hunt
PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:17 pm 
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IF he is getting his act together, and is seeking personal help, and committing to do so for a continued time period, than he is absolutely worth it from a talent and scheme fit perspective.

My question for the rest of you is this: would chicago have to pick up his rookie contract with the Chiefs or is that void? If it is void, then whomever signs him can get a nice 4-5 year deal cheaper than his talent is worth because of the risk he brings.


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 Post subject: Re: Kareem Hunt
PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:26 pm 
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IF he is getting his act together, and seeking personal help, and committing to do so for a continued time period, than he is absolutely worth it from a talent and scheme fit perspective.

My question for the rest of you is this: would chicago have to pick up his rookie contract with the Chiefs or is that void? If it is void, then whomever signs him can get a nice 4-5 year deal cheaper than his talent is worth because of the risk he brings.

He was cut and cleared waivers. He officially has no contract to pick up.


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 Post subject: Re: Kareem Hunt
PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:35 pm 
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ESPN reporter Lisa Salters was at a Dave & Busters outside Philadelphia with her five-year-old son Saturday night when she got a call: She needed to be in Kansas City the next morning to interview former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. Hunt was released last week after TMZ published a video of him abusing and kicking a woman; his representatives had reached out to ESPN to arrange a sit-down and requested Salters be the interviewer. In the 10-minute segment that aired Sunday morning, Hunt told Salters that the NFL had not reached out to him as part of its investigation of the incident and that he is planning on seeking counseling for his behavior. He said over and over that he was sorry, but offered few specifics on the night of the incident.

The Washington Post talked to Salters, who has been ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” sideline reporter for the past seven years, about how she prepped for the interview on short notice, her impressions of what Hunt said and how her background as a news reporter — she covered the O.J. Simpson trial for ABC News — guided her approach. The following transcript has been edited for length and clarity.

The Post: How did the interview come together?

Lisa Salters: Kareem and his people reached out to ESPN, I’m not exactly sure who. I got a call at 5:30 [Saturday night] — I was at a video arcade with my five-and-a-half-year-old son — saying, “We need you to get on a flight to Kansas City because he has requested he only wants to do this interview with you.”

The Post: Why did he request you?

Salters: I’ve been doing “Monday Night Football” for seven years now, so when he came into the league I did a couple of interviews with him for Monday night games. I think we had the Chiefs three times last year. So I’ve spoken to him before, but we’re not friends or anything like that. I think he felt that — I don’t know, I can’t speak for him.

The Post: Where did you film the interview?

Salters: In his apartment.

The Post: Were there any parameters? Anything you agreed not to ask?

Salters: No, they said, “We know you’re going to ask a lot of hard questions, and he’s prepared to answer all of them.”

The Post: How did you prepare? Did you talk to news reporters or domestic-violence experts?

Salters: There’s a research department at ESPN, but there is specifically a news editor that works with us every week for “Monday Night Football.” He’s the backbone of the Monday night family; his name is Jim Carr. He was the person I wanted to reach out. . . . My biggest concern was logistics. I had a lot of balls in the air. Had to get my son to his grandparents, and I had to get to the airport in like three hours. . . . So in the airport lounge in Philadelphia I had 20 minutes before the flight took off and we touched base. . . . Then just on the plane, I formulated an outline of where I wanted to go in my head. But me and Jim Carr pulled it together.

The Post: Considering that you were a news reporter — in Baltimore and then for ABC News — how helpful was the background for an interview like this?

Salters: I think that’s what makes me different. This is right in my wheelhouse. The newsier the story, the more exciting it is for me. I hate that it’s a story like this, nobody is happy about it. . . . The background and training I had doing network news was invaluable. I think a lot of people could do hits, runs and errors. I mean covering O.J. Simpson everyday for two years — that trial was a fantastic learning experience. I covered the Timothy McVeigh trial and Terry Nichols, the Oklahoma City bombers. And I spent . . . seven years I as the late night reporter in Baltimore [at WBAL TV]. I was on the 11 p.m. news; there’s a lot of crime. So you’re interviewing people in difficult situations like yesterday . . . people whose relatives were just gunned down in the streets. The feedback I’ve gotten is that some people appreciated my tone in the interview. And to me that comes from doing a lot of sensitive interviews with people — that started in local television.

The Post: What was the most important take away from the interview for you?

Salters: I could see Kareem Hunt was extremely remorseful, but I think I felt more emotion from him when the cameras were off. I didn’t spend a lot of time with him before; I was at his home for maybe a good half-hour before we started, but intentionally just kind of stayed away from him because I wanted our conversation to be authentic. I just kind of said, “Hello, I’m here.” I said, “I’m going to have to ask you some tough questions,” and he said, “Okay.” And I went into another room. But I could see and hear more emotion from him in those two minutes than I saw during the interview. And when the interview was over we spent a couple minutes talking. I really could feel his remorse more then than I think it translated on camera.

I don’t know how much he helped himself or hurt himself yesterday, but I felt he was much more thoughtful when the cameras were off, which isn’t entirely unexpected. I have interviewed him before, he’s a quiet guy. Some guys just light up on camera; he’s not one of those guys. He’s shy, quiet, reserved. And I noted he was extremely uncomfortable and he was very nervous. That’s what people saw more of than a thoughtful, really sorrowful individual. And yet he was those things, which I could tell when the cameras were off.

The Post: Were you surprised by how little detail he went into about the events of the night of the video?

Salters: I was, because I told him beforehand — I said, “Look, I’m going to be asking you about what happened. Are you prepared to talk about what happened?” He said, “Yes, I am.” And then we get to that and he doesn’t. Afterward I asked his representatives and said, “Look, I was a little surprised. I think he could have helped himself if he had given us a little more information.” The concern was he didn’t want to look like he was making excuses or defending himself. Because he said, “I have absolutely no excuse.’ . . . So in his concern about not wanting to put up a defense he may have done himself a little bit of a disservice because he didn’t offer any explanation. He could have said, “This is what happened — X,Y,Z. This is what led to this out of character response.”

The Post: Are there any follow ups that you wish you could have asked?

Salters: I’m satisfied, but I wish I had asked if perhaps he had been drinking and if alcohol played a role.

The Post: It’s hard not to see this interview without considering ESPN’s Adam Schefter interview of Greg Hardy in 2016. [Hardy was a free agent then who had been accused of abusing his girlfriend, but the interview was criticized for lacking teeth.] Did that interview come up as something of a cautionary tale for how to handle this one?

Salters: I can tell you Greg Hardy’s name never came up. Everything happened quickly for me . . . If those discussions were happening internally back in Connecticut, I’m not sure, but that never came up for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Kareem Hunt
PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:48 pm 
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The Post: Were you surprised by how little detail he went into about the events of the night of the video?

Salters: I was, because I told him beforehand — I said, “Look, I’m going to be asking you about what happened. Are you prepared to talk about what happened?” He said, “Yes, I am.” And then we get to that and he doesn’t. Afterward I asked his representatives and said, “Look, I was a little surprised. I think he could have helped himself if he had given us a little more information.” The concern was he didn’t want to look like he was making excuses or defending himself. Because he said, “I have absolutely no excuse.’ . . . So in his concern about not wanting to put up a defense he may have done himself a little bit of a disservice because he didn’t offer any explanation. He could have said, “This is what happened — X,Y,Z. This is what led to this out of character response.”


This is the part that worries me. Was he told by reps not to disclose much? If so, why? Was he not wanting to open up himself? If so, why. To me there are as many questions because of this interview than prior to the interview.

Remorse. Yea, most would be remorseful because they just lost their job, a job not many qualify for. He was getting paid pretty well with bigger paydays in his future. Hell yea he can be/act remorseful.

This interview does not do much for me. He may be smart as the only people who would not show remorse would be idiots.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:08 pm 
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The Post: Were you surprised by how little detail he went into about the events of the night of the video?

Salters: I was, because I told him beforehand — I said, “Look, I’m going to be asking you about what happened. Are you prepared to talk about what happened?” He said, “Yes, I am.” And then we get to that and he doesn’t. Afterward I asked his representatives and said, “Look, I was a little surprised. I think he could have helped himself if he had given us a little more information.” The concern was he didn’t want to look like he was making excuses or defending himself. Because he said, “I have absolutely no excuse.’ . . . So in his concern about not wanting to put up a defense he may have done himself a little bit of a disservice because he didn’t offer any explanation. He could have said, “This is what happened — X,Y,Z. This is what led to this out of character response.”


This is the part that worries me. Was he told by reps not to disclose much? If so, why? Was he not wanting to open up himself? If so, why. To me there are as many questions because of this interview than prior to the interview.

Remorse. Yea, most would be remorseful because they just lost their job, a job not many qualify for. He was getting paid pretty well with bigger paydays in his future. Hell yea he can be/act remorseful.

This interview does not do much for me. He may be smart as the only people who would not show remorse would be idiots.


I can't get the video to load but you can watch the interview there.

Hearing Salters say that she could feel his emotion and remorse, even more so once the cameras were off, was important to me.

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 Post subject: Re: Kareem Hunt
PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:01 pm 
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I've come to the conclusion after seeing the video of a bump into the wall and a barely kickin the leg, and the knowledge that the woman was instigating with the N-word (basically begging him to hit her)… It just shouldn't be a career ending altercation.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:16 pm 
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I will admit, I am jaded. I have heard hundreds of times the past 30 yrs, "I'm sorry", "I will never do it again", "I didn't mean to", "I will change", "I promise",....blah, blah, blah. It is hard for me to buy. There are 3 reported incidents. No arrests, but 3 separate reports. Are they true? We will probably never know. But I would err on the side of being cautious.

This team can win without a guy like this. RBs can be found. I don't want the Bears to put all their eggs in this guys basket no matter how fair the contract is to the Bears. They are no desperate. Me, as a fan, am not desperate. I can do without him.


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