Walking the walk of any smart politician, Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser is taking the position of most of his constituents in speaking out against an NFL lockout.
Funkhouser took things a step further last week, according to the Kansas City Star, in that he sent a letter to Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt asking him to speak out against a lockout.
Funkhousers logic is that since the players pledged not to strike that the owners should pledge not to lock them out. Funkhouser believes this would help alleviate some of the stress of the negotiations and help move both sides toward striking a deal.
Unfortunately the owners seem to be intent on locking the players out and we have seen nothing thus far to indicate that Clark Hunt is not in like with his colleagues. As Big Matt mentioned in his column yesterday, we are learning that Clark is simply not the same man as his father.
While I am all for Clark being his own man, I just hope he isn’t a bad man for the Chiefs. The Hunt name holds a lot of water around the NFL and if Clark were to take a stand against a lockout, the league would likely listen.Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that is the way Clark Hunt is leaning.
As the labor dispute drags on, I can’t help but wonder what Lamar Hunt would have to say about all this.