The Ray Rice case raises real questions as to whether the Ravens have done enough to get a video of the blow that defeated Rice's then-fiancee. The case of Kareem Hunt will apparently raise no similar questions.
TheAthletic.com's Nate Taylor, citing several unnamed sources, said the Chiefs knew there was a video from the February incident, but that the NFL told the Chiefs to quit NFL a separate investigation.
Superficially, it makes sense. The league, not the team, has sole responsibility for off-field offseason matters of personal conduct. The fact that the NFL did not receive the video, however, gives the subject a much more unfortunate atmosphere.
Let us recall the League's objections to the effort to video delivered by a source with knowledge of the situation. The league claims that the hotel told the NFL that the hotel policy allowed the hotel to hand over the video to law enforcement only. The NFL also contacted the Cleveland Police Department, which did not provide the NFL with a video.
It is now known that the Cleveland Police Department did not deliver the video because the Cleveland Police Department did not get the video because Cleveland police only want videos if the crime is a crime. So the real question is what the Cleveland Police League has suggested, to point out that the hotel is passing the video on to law enforcement agencies only and that the NFL is trying to enforce its own internal laws, but that the NFL will not cooperate of law enforcement agencies.
Here's another question that the NFL needs to consider for future cases. If the company has a video that is unwilling to submit it to any law enforcement and law enforcement agency, what should the league do? One solution could be to opt for full transparency. declare in a non-accusatory manner that no action can be taken against Hunt as no one will work with the League's efforts to obtain the video. The other solution proposed on Saturday might be to introduce the same kind of intransigence that characterizes TMZ's efforts to receive videos, even if videos have to be paid for it.
Whatever the outcome, it will not be easy The NFL should continue to make fervent efforts to get a video, abandon more aggressive strategies or approaches, and then simply say, "Well, we tried," if TMZ or another media company succeeds.