Clark Hunt: Tampering penalty inconsistent with past discipline

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The NFL slapped the Chiefs on the wrist Wednesday for violating the league’s rules against tampering when they had “improper contact” with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin before signing him as a free agent last year.

Kansas City has been stripped of their third-round pick in the 2016 draft, their sixth-round pick in the 2017 draft and fines were imposed on the team, coach Andy Reid and General Manager John Dorsey. The Chiefs have five days to appeal the penalties and owner Clark Hunt suggested the team will do that while citing the league’s inconsistent policies when it comes to contact with players who are about to become free agents.

“While we respect Commissioner Goodell and the process, we believe that the penalties proposed in this case are inconsistent with discipline enforced in similar matters — particularly given the league’s inconsistent communication of its policies on contact with potential free agents,” Hunt said. “As an organization, we take great care to conduct ourselves with integrity and operate within the guidelines of the NFL. We have been fully cooperative and transparent with the league in this matter, and we are disappointed with the league’s decision. I want to make it clear that I fully support the leadership of both Coach Reid and John Dorsey. We will continue to explore our options under the appeal process.”

Offseason challenges to the league office’s authority have become an annual event in the NFL. It looks like the Chiefs will be leading one this year.

62 responses to “Clark Hunt: Tampering penalty inconsistent with past discipline

  1. He’s dead on, and the NFL is bound by precedent to enforce punishment fairly and consistently.

    Unless of course… Why yes… Tampering DOES in fact challenge the integrity of the game. Article 46 folks. It’s all in there. Please don’t read it, but it’s all there.

  2. ctiggs says:
    Mar 9, 2016 5:54 PM
    The Chefs are a dirty franchise

    =====================================

    Yeah, the Chefs are horrible, they make a mean risotto though!

  3. .
    Kansas City was doing their happy dance when Tom Brady was railroaded. Now they get to enjoy the lunacy proffered by chief loon, Roger Goodell.

    BTW…… The Jets were fined 100k for blatantly tampering with Darrelle Revis.
    .

  4. Yet Tom Brady manipulated a somewhat important part of the game. Known by most as the “football”, I hear it’s an important part of every play. Denver wins a SB, is caught manipulating the cap, so they could sign better players and they get a slap on the wrist.

    Goodell sucks! And Vincent is a DA!

  5. Here you go Clark, this is your payback for being the footstool for the NFL the last several years, as you’ve bent over backwards to let them do anything they wished to your franchise.

    Your fans continually wonder what the h3ll you’re thinking by constantly cowing down to the rest of your billionaire club members and groveling at their feet – only to be shown the door with your hat in hand when the big boys get together to hand out penalties, attempting to change public perception.

    Quit giving in to them, KC will NEVER earn a Super Bowl, not in our lifetimes. Quit sending the team out of the country ‘for the good of the league’. You now see what the league thinks of you and your team.

  6. Bummer their helmets say “KC” on the side, and not “NYJ.”

    One of the most important traits of any good executive is consistency… which Goodall and the gang on Park Ave (many former Jets employees, FYI) clearly don’t possess. Honestly, I don’t think the guy’s qualified to manage a Chuck E. Cheese, let alone the NFL.

  7. Welcome to Our World/Club Chiefs Fans,

    Signed,
    Patriots, Saints, Redskins & Cowboys Fans

    Just remember all other fans. Fuehrer Roger Goodell believes he runs the NFL World according to his integrity of the game which he has no idea what that means.

    Goodell is a POS and needs to go !

    The good news KC he will not show up in your stadium this season because of his fear for his safety

  8. Another double standard. Goodell’s beloved Jets get caught tampering with Revis when he was still under contract with the Patriots and all he does is penalize the Jets with a small fine.

  9. Another chapter in the clear bias saga at 345 Park Avenue. Come down hard on everyone but the Jets. Maybe it’s time to move NFL headquarters to LA (out of NY), and maybe Clark Hunt should have spoken up when Roger Dodger was busy putting the wood to Kraft.

  10. The 49ers were docked a 3rd and forced to swap picks with the Bears for contacting the agent of a player they were in active trade talks about

    QYB Hunt and be happy Goodhell went light on you.

  11. If anyone had any doubt about the competence and integrity of the people running the NFL this should clear it up for you.

    KC shafted for the same thing the Jets got a wrist slap and minimal fine for.

    Shameful double standards.

  12. wininer says:
    Mar 9, 2016 6:10 PM

    The 49ers were docked a 3rd and forced to swap picks with the Bears for contacting the agent of a player they were in active trade talks about

    QYB Hunt and be happy Goodhell went light on you.

    __________________________________

    To clarify, forced to swap 5th round picks with the Bears (a difference of like 12 positions)

  13. Can you imagine, rooting for a team that does one silly commercial and it changes and demeans your team nickname
    forever?
    The Chefs, indeed.

    And as a Chef fan, if you’ve never figured out precisely why Derrick Thomas completely freaked out that night in Denver, you can ask a Bronco fan or Shannon Sharpe.

    Chefs.

  14. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time, Clark. Hope Maclin was worth a third rounder. My guess is that if you were to trade him today a third would be asking a lot.

  15. Poor Clarke, he didn’t speak up when the pats got an equipment violation (made up) fine of a first, fourth and a million dollars.

    2 previous fines for equipment violations within the preceding 24 months

    -a warning
    -20 000$ fine

  16. The thing that would give the NFL some credibility in these cases is that little thing called consistency.

    The NFL are effectively saying the Chiefs were the only team tampering last off season which as this website and many fans know is a load of baloney!!!

    Consistency in application of the rules Roger its not that difficult especially when you are getting paid $44 million a year!

  17. I find it absolutely hilarious that Mr. Hunt cites “inconsistent discipline” from Goodell while he’s probably not even smart enough to realize the irony between this and the Pats/Deflategate (and before anyone starts, yes I know this is not the same thing as deflategate. I’m just saying the similarities of two owners citing inconsistent penalties cannot be ignored)

  18. Well apparently a few owners in Godell’s ear felt KC improved too much and was challenging the supremacy of the favored Broncos

    Clark go ask Kraft now why not one other stood up to point out the absurdity of inequality in meting out penalties

    Your team is next

  19. Bob Kraft should put out a message supporting goodell and his decision, the other owners should be treated like they treated the pats and ignore rules, standards, consistency and integrity to accommodate their personal desires.

    This is the NFL that Clarke hunt supported, make up the rules as you go, fine teams differently, and show zero integrity. Despite the science showing no deflation mr hunt wasn’t bothered when the Vikings and panthers were caught red handed on tv tampering with balls and thier deflation and given a warning, now you can pay the price for your inability to run a comp at fairly and honestly

  20. Recruiting VA an off hand comment is totally different. Woody said something stupid the Chiefs recruited Maclin ruining the Eagles chance of resigning him.

  21. If this was a dirty franchise like the Pats, it would have been two firsts and a $5 mil fine.

    This will be adjusted on appeal, like it should. The 3rd will go away.

  22. What a ridiculous penalty. Another NFL off season and another over the top whack at one of his staunch supporters by King Roger. Goodell the 1st bashing friends and making enemies one season at a time.

  23. Here’s a clue Clark:

    Don’t cheat, and then you won’t get punished. How about that?

    It’s amazing we live in a day and time where cheaters want to decide how they get punished.

  24. Hmm I seem to remember the jets getting a fine of $100,000 and nothing else for tampering with Revis. Why do the Chiefs get a different penalty? And a 3rd rounder is pretty harsh.

  25. Keep believing you will get the pick back on appeal. Let me know how that goes for you. Goodell has proven himself to be so open minded and operates with such honesty and integrity.

  26. Clark Hunt, If you think that this tampering penalty is inconsistent with past discipline, why don’t you have someone from your organization explain the you the last penalty Commissioner Goofball gave out for having a general awareness that a football was underflated.

  27. Yet the Jets got a 100,00 dollar fine for tampering with the Revis. If you are not one of the Goodell’s favorite you are subject to made up punishments (See: New England and Now KC).

  28. The league office punished the Jets quickly because a single infraction cannot be piunished twice, and then set out to find another franchise to make an example of. Merry Xmas KC. It’s your turn.

    Clearly the league office is trying to find ALL gray area in the CBA and other NFL policies, and pull an unintended power grab in every direction. What the franchises need is a policy for punishing the league office employees when they pull stunts like this.

  29. Hey Mr Hunt

    Where were you when Goodell screwed Brady and Kraft?

    Pay attention.

    Your team next

  30. So the league now has 1st and 3rd round picks in 2016 and 4th and 6th round picks in 2017.

    A couple of more years of Goodell and Park Ave can field a pretty good team.

  31. “Our rules and the integrity of our game aren’t because someone’s popular or somebody’s a Super Bowl champ or not. They’re to be applied evenly. Our teams expect that, and that’s our job. That’s our responsibility. That’s my job.” – Roger Goodell, October 2015

    I guess by “evenly” applying the rules, Goodell means that three different teams can commit the same penalty and receive three different punishments.

  32. Stinkin’ Chip Kelly never wanted him anyway. Lucky Philly got rid of both of them. Now they can have the first pick in the 2017 draft.

  33. “Bob Kraft take note. This is what a good owner should do.”

    Spare us the idiocy. Kraft “relunctantly accepted” his penalty as a “good owner”, too. It’s the idiots who continue to empower Goodell in matters such as these that are clearly the biggest problem with the NFL. Speak out and be part of the solution instead of continuing to be part of the problem. Maybe you’ll figure it out someday.

  34. If Goodell is in charge, there is always going to be inconsistent punishment. This goes on all the time and while I get that they might have to give out a punishment, two draft picks seems a bit much.

  35. “The league office punished the Jets quickly because a single infraction cannot be punished twice”

    Unless, of course, they decide to fabricate a second infraction and them punish them even more harshly as a repeat offender. But, no worries in this case as it’s the Jest. So, no REAL punishment forthcoming.

  36. The Chiefs contacted the player.

    I guess it could be argued that the Jets contacted Revis by their owner simply mentioning they wanted him back. They didn’t contact him in the traditional sense however.

    There is a massive disparity in the discipline that doesn’t seem to match the disparity in the offenses however.

    At least there is evidence in these cases. Imagine losing picks when there isn’t any so the league spends millions making some up.

  37. So many of the league owners dislike Goodell, but they won’t get rid of him?
    Must be some really interesting intel Rog has on them.

  38. Jets get caught tampering with kicking ball, equipment guy suspended
    Chargers caught using stickum on ball, refuse to turn ball in, 24k fin
    Vikes caught heating ball up during game, warning
    Pats ball has .002 less psi lose 1st 4th rounder tb12 gets 4 games!

    Jets blatantly tamper with revis, 100k fine
    Kc tampers to get mackiin, lose 3rd 6th and $325,000 in fines

    Inconsistency anyone?

  39. Remember when the Jets merely got fined for tampering in the same off-season?
    Remember when Jay Feely tampered with a kicking ball and didn’t get punished while someone else got extreme punishment with no evidence of ball tampering?
    There’s your Roger Goodell definition of consistency.

  40. I agree, this penalty was harsh.
    My thinking is the chiefs ownership is not in the click with the few owners who run this league.
    Wake up guys, your team will be next.

  41. All of New England and New Orleans is pointing out yet again that it’s time to stop the madness.

    The only thing consistent about the NFL is that it’s inconsistent. This isn’t the first and won’t be the last. The fact any tampering fine is levied is absolutely ridiculous.

  42. sportnik2 says:
    Mar 9, 2016 6:03 PM
    Bob Kraft please take note. This is how a real man deals with Roger Goodell.
    ===========================
    Mr Hunt …

    “While we respect Commissioner Goodell and the process, we believe that the penalties proposed in this case are inconsistent with discipline enforced in similar matters — particularly given the league’s inconsistent communication of its policies on contact with potential free agents,” Hunt said. “As an organization, we take great care to conduct ourselves with integrity and operate within the guidelines of the NFL. We have been fully cooperative and transparent with the league in this matter, and we are disappointed with the league’s decision. I want to make it clear that I fully support the leadership of both Coach Reid and John Dorsey. We will continue to explore our options under the appeal process.”

    Mr Kraft …

    “But believing in the strength of the partnership, and the 32 teams — we have concentrated the power of adjudication of problems in the office of the commissioner. And although I might disagree with what is decided, I do have respect for the commissioner and believe that he’s doing what he perceives to be in the best interests of the full 32. So in that spirit, I don’t want to continue the rhetoric that’s gone on for the last four months. I’m going to accept, reluctantly, what he has given to us, and not continue this dialogue and rhetoric. And we won’t appeal.”

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