Kemah Siverand tried to pull a fast one on the Seahawks. Spoiler: it didn’t work.
The rookie cornerback tried to sneak a woman into Seahawks training camp, a big no-no with NFL teams essentially in lockdown amid the coronavirus. Siverand reportedly went to elaborate lengths to bypass hotel security, having his female companion don Seahawks gear in hopes of blending in. Apparently Seattle wasn’t thrilled with the stunt (which was captured on hotel security footage), announcing his release Thursday, according to ESPN’s Brady Henderson.
Undrafted out of Oklahoma State, Siverand’s odds of making the team out of camp were always slim. Committing an obvious violation of league rules made the decision that much easier. Clearly the Seahawks, who have only had to place one player on the recently instituted reserve/COVID-19 list (receiver John Ursua was briefly shelved for what turned out to be a false positive), are taking the NFL’s new safety measures seriously.
While much of the country continues to act recklessly, eschewing masks and social distancing as America’s death toll nears 200,000 (we’re already at 170,000), sports leagues have drawn a firm line in the sand, prohibiting players from any activities that would put themselves or others at risk. Trying to coup up millionaires in their 20s is no simple task, as the Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals have both discovered (not to mention Indians pitchers Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac, who are still dealing with fallout from breaking quarantine in Chicago last weekend). We’re all making sacrifices right now—these are uncharted waters for all of us—but isn’t that what team sports are about, having the discipline to prioritize group needs over individual success?
Not to get preachy, but if you’re a fringe roster type, fighting and clawing to make the final 53, don’t do what Siverand just did.