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NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

For fans of Chiefs rival teams their recent incidents of domestic and family violence and assault have become a punchline. But there’s nothing funny about what’s been happening with regard to the team and what has become seemingly more than a coincidence in how many cases of violence against women and children they’ve seen with their players.

USA Today did a deep dive into the myriad of incidents that have occurred with the Chiefs and found that in recent years the organization is far and away the worst offender.

► In 2012 alone, the organization had two domestic murder-suicides, one at the hands of a player, Jovan Belcher, and the other at the hands of another employee.

► Since November 2017, three players have been suspended for alleged violence against women or children during their time with the team. The latest is wide receiver Tyreek Hill, whose status in the NFL has been in limbo since an audio recording aired on local TV last month suggesting he broke the arm of his 3-year-old son.

► Since 2015, the team also acquired at least three players who were kicked off of college teams for alleged domestic violence, most recently in April with the trade for defensive end Frank Clark. The other two are Hill and defensive back Justin Cox, who then was released by the team after another arrest.

Tyreek Hill’s incident is not isolated for him either. In 2015 at college at Oklahoma State, he pleaded guilty to assaulting and choking his girlfriend. He would serve probation for the incident. A few months later the Chiefs used a fifth round pick on him. That’ll teach him.

The audio recording upon which Hill’s child abuse charge is based has his fiancee telling Hill that their son is terrified of him and Hill responding “You should be terrified of me too.” That surfaced just over a month ago and Hill remains with the team.

That situation is pretty fresh, but it was just last December that the Chiefs were faced with a video that surfaced of star running back Kareem Hunt kicking a woman in a hotel.

To their credit, they quickly cut Hunt from the team, but that has certainly not always been their preferred course of action.

Among the long list of domestic violence and assault perpetrated by Chiefs players is another former running back, Larry Johnson, who on two separate occasions during his time in Kansas City was charged with domestic abuse. The first of which involved threatening his wife with a gun.

And these incidents are just in the past 15 years. Since then the rest of the league has been trying to clean up their act. While over the past eight years in particular, the average for Chiefs players being involved in domestic abuse and assault incidents is double the league average.

“At some point, it’s going to be bad for the Kansas City Chiefs’ bottom line if they keep ignoring domestic violence and if they continue to select players with those kinds of histories,” Kim Gandy, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, told USA Today.

The report details the history of domestic abuse runs deep with the Chiefs organization and includes, not just players, but many in the Hunt family as well. It’s not pretty and the Chiefs organization is clearly nowhere near the point of cleaning it up.