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The NFL is still out of its league when it comes to disciplining players for troubles off the field.Kareem Hunt is the latest example of the NFL's delayed and inconsistent approach toward serious matters despite league efforts to improve following its mishandling of Ray Rice's domestic violence case in 2014.From Greg Hardy to Mychal Kendricks to Reuben Foster Ron Parker Jersey , the NFL has taken different approaches on a case-by-case basis when players misbehave. That has drawn a backlash from critics who see such action as erratic and, at times, pandering to public perception.Hunt, the former Kansas City running back, was placed on the commissioner's exempt list Friday after TMZ released a video showing him pushing and kicking a woman during a February scuffle at a Cleveland hotel. The video's jolt across the sports world accelerated a case that had been, in effect, put on the backburner for both the club and the league, with Hunt losing his job the same day 鈥?a steep fall for an elite playmaker for one of the most explosive offenses in football.The Chiefs said Hunt had lied to them about the scuffle Authentic Patrick Mahomes II Jersey , an assertion Hunt acknowledged in an interview with ESPN on Sunday. But authorities never charged Hunt with a crime and the league's internal investigation 鈥?under guidance implemented after the lengthy legal saga involving the former Ravens running back Rice 鈥?stalled when NFL officials couldn't get in touch with the woman.Hunt said he never saw the video until it was released publicly. And he said the league never asked to speak with him directly.NFL officials say they tried several times to get video of the confrontation but couldn't because the hotel said its corporate policy only allowed footage to be given to law enforcement. And Cleveland police say they didn't pursue the video because it wasn't a felony case.Now, the NFL says it will make "further attempts to speak to the complainants involved in the incident," and have "further conversations with all parties involved."Just as it did during the Rice case in 2014, the NFL is changing its reaction amid jarring video, prompting new public outcry.But the league also must conform to the collective bargaining agreement, which gives players certain protections through their union. Still, the agreement grants Commissioner Roger Goodell ultimate authority to issue punishment. That has been a major point of contention for the NFL Players Association and is shaping up to be a major sticking point once the broader agreement expires in 2021.NFL and NFLPA officials did not respond to messages seeking comment from The Associated Press.Hunt cleared waivers on Monday and could sign with another team. He can't play while he's on the exempt list, but it's up to Goodell and league officials to decide when to take him off when 鈥?or if 鈥?they see fit.Foster was claimed off waivers by the Washington Redskins last week after the San Francisco 49ers released the linebacker following a domestic violence arrest. Washington faced immediate criticism as the latest example of an organization looking past off-field troubles toward potential on-field production.In September Youth Reggie Ragland Jersey , linebacker Mychal Kendricks pleaded guilty to securities fraud and conspiracy and was released by the Cleveland Browns. He was quickly signed by the Seattle Seahawks, then suspended for eight games by the NFL for his role in an insider trading scheme. Kendricks faces up to 25 years in prison with sentencing scheduled for next month.Still, Kendricks was officially reinstated by the NFL on Monday and has been with Seattle the past two weeks. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says team officials "don't have any hesitation" about playing Kendricks against Minnesota next Monday night.Hardy was convicted in July 2014 of assaulting and threatening a woman who contended the 6-foot-4, 275-pound player threw her in a bathtub and onto a sofa covered with guns before threatening to kill her.He appealed the ruling and was allowed to play the first game of the season before the Carolina Panthers placed him on the exempt list. Hardy didn't play the rest of the season but signed an incentive-laden, $13.1 million deal with the Cowboys and played 12 games in 2015 after serving a four-game suspension.He's been out of the league the last three years, focusing on a mixed martial arts career with the UFC.Bob Sutton on new tackling rule: “I wouldn’t want to officiate this” Bob Sutton doesn’t know what to do.For some Chiefs fans, that’s a statement about the Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator that’s true every single day.But in this case, Sutton is referring specifically to the new rule that was enforced on Chiefs linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon on Saturday during the Chiefs 27-20 preseason loss to the Chicago Bears.You know.This one.Speaking to the media on Monday , Sutton said he’s just not sure what to tell his players if that’s the way the new rule regarding a defensive player putting all of his weight on the quarterback is going to be called.“The one they called on TK — and I wouldn’t want to officiate this; I’m just being honest, this is a hard play to officiate — it’s very difficult to tell TK to do something different in that situation,” he said. “This isn’t like the one where you pick the quarterback up and slam him into the ground. You had a choice on that. You could just take him to the ground, or pick him up and slam him. So they said, ‘OK, don’t slam him. That’s a penalty.’ This one is really hard. I don’t know exactly how to tell him to take his weight off the guy from the position he was coming in that situation.”Whether you like Sutton or not, it’s hard to disagree with his point of view here.Is this going to be the new standard?A sack that just about anyone would previously have called a textbook defensive play now results in 15 yards and a first down for the offense?Sutton reminded reporters that during training camp, he was more worried about this new rule than he was about the new helmet rule that has had so much press attention so far.“I’m not really sure how it’s going to play out. When we had the officials in Tyreek Hill Jersey , I asked, ‘Did anybody think about trying to tackle Ben Roethlisberger?’ It’s hard enough to get him down with all of your weight. But to say, ‘I’m going to slide off to the side and not do it,’ is really hard. I just think it’s a hard rule. I think it’s hard on the officials. I really do. I think we all know what the intent is. We’re not looking to slam this guy in the dirt, but there are some times that I just don’t know what you can do from a physical standpoint to change that — without just stopping completely.”Even if you think — as some Chiefs fans do — that Sutton is a doddering old fool who should be shown the door, you’ll probably be right here with him on this one.It’s one thing to have a new rule that promotes player safety.But it’s quite another to have one whose application is going to be almost impossible to predict, and it will almost certainly drastically change the way pass rushers can play the game.

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