What Would You Do For a Winning Season?

Published February 12, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

It’s like that saying, “what would you do for a Klondike Bar,” only this time, the Cleveland Browns are being asked what they would do for a winning season. Apparently, the answer is to sign former Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt. As you may have heard, Hunt was released after a video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman in the hallway of a Cleveland hotel last February. For awhile there were rumors that the Washington Redskins would pick him up after a very disappointing 7-9 season. This should be interesting, considering Hunt is still under an NFL investigation. The Browns quickly released a statement to defend their actions,  saying that through their ‘extensive research,’ they believe he deserves a second chance. Okay then.

Hey fans, for those of you that have been with us since our Salt Lake City Screaming Eagles Days, do you remember that whole Greg Hardy vote business? Yeah, we do too. For those that need a little more information here, when we were busy running our proof of concept team in the Indoor Football League, we were approached by Greg Hardy’s people about an opportunity to 1) bring big name talent to our fan-controlled team and 2) help Hardy rebuild his public image. Because our mission was to truly put the fans in control, we let them vote on whether or not Hardy could have a spot on the team. The fans voted no, with a majority 50.1% of the overall vote.

Normally this is where we would guess what the fans would do if they were in charge at the front office and had the opportunity to sign someone with Kareem Hunt’s history, but this time we actually know: the fans would say no. We’ve always known that we have the BEST fans in the world, but it feels good to know you’re all better than the higher-ups over at the Cleveland Browns.


FAN Take – America’s Most UNWanted: Kareem Hunt

By Annalece Montgomery

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Every day this week, we’ve awakened to a new piece of the Kareem Hunt puzzle, so let’s get you up to speed really quickly:

  • TMZ released footage of a physical altercation that involved Kareem Hunt and a 19-year-old woman
  • The incident in question occurred on February 10
  • The NFL suspended him prior to the Kansas City Chiefs cutting him from the roster
  • The NFL did not interview Hunt upon learning of the incident “months ago” and reportedly did not request video of it until last week
  • Hunt is being removed from Madden 19
  • He entered free agency after no teams chose to claim him from waivers

Predominantly, two questions have been asked over the last few days, including in some interviews our new Team Owner and Fan Captain Richard Sherman did yesterday: 1) Is there still a place in the NFL for Kareem Hunt? and 2) Should the NFL leave the policing to the appropriate authorities? Yesterday during Richard’s interview on The Will Cain Show, he had this to say about how the NFL handled the Hunt issue: “They handled it alright.. there is no win for them, there is no win for anybody. For some reason people expect more from the NFL than they do from law enforcement.” Furthermore, he said the NFL needs to “keep doing what they’re doing” when asked if the league should keep conducting independent investigations or follow the lead of the authorities.

For those that are new to the FCFL, you may not be aware that we have encountered this issue previously. Following the launch of the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles, our proof of concept team, we were contacted by a representative for Greg Hardy, who was looking to repair his image. You might remember Hardy from his time with the Dallas Cowboys…which was cut short due to domestic violence allegations brought against him and an arrest for cocaine possession. With his interest in the team clear, we handed the decision off to the fans – did they want to give him another shot at football? Or would they not stand for such actions by a player? Ultimately, the fans voted against signing him with a majority 50.1% – really, we can’t make this up.

We’ve got a lot of questions for the fans after everything that has transpired, but most importantly: would they give a player with this kind of controversy another chance? From a fan perspective, would you still root for the player? From a team management perspective, would you still want them on your team and how would it affect your locker room? If something like this were to happen with an FCFL player, would you want to see him suspended initially? Or would you want him removed from the league entirely? We want to hear from you, fans, so let us know!

Power To The Fans!