As the NFL gets closer to a resolution involving disciplinary action for Kareem Hunt, more reports are surfacing that indicate the running back will not be out of work for very long.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Hunt has drawn interest from multiple teams and is expected to be signed “sooner rather than later.” He has been undergoing anger management counseling since a video surfaced in November showing him shoving and kicking a woman, and teams reportedly feel he has been making progress.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported early Sunday morning that the NFL’s investigation into Hunt’s off-field behavior is expected to be concluded before the start of free agency in March.
Hunt was released by the Chiefs immediately after the disturbing video surfaced. We know of at least one team that was willing to publicly acknowledge the possibility of signing Hunt, so it’s no surprise there are others.
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy sounds like he’s priming fans for a potential signing of Kareem Hunt.
The Bears coach told the media on Monday that he talked with Hunt recently.
“I talked to Kareem, completely wanting to know how he’s doing,” Nagy said at his season-ending press conference. “We had a good conversation. … The only thing I cared about when I talked to him was literally his personal life, how he’s doing. It was a good conversation. He sounded good. But that’s it. The other stuff, that’s not where it’s at. There’s more to it than the football, so we talked strictly on that.”
Nagy was the offensive coordinator in Kansas City during Hunt’s rookie season. They have a relationship that goes beyond football, which is why their conversation did not focus on that.
Hunt has not played since TMZ Sports published a video on Dec. 1 that showed Hunt getting physical with a woman during an incident at his apartment complex. He was cut by the Chiefs that day and placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List.
The second-year running back remains on the list as the league decides on his eventual discipline. They will consider three incidents when evaluating his case: Hunt was accused of attacking a man at a club in January; he was accused of punching a man in June; and the incident with the woman.
Nagy says he believes in second chances but not third chances. Maybe if it were just one incident, that would be a second chance situation. But the three accusations seem to indicate a pattern for the running back.
Whatever the case, Bears GM Ryan Pace doesn’t want anyone jumping the gun.
“We’re not even there yet,” Pace said. “I mean, I know what he is as a player obviously from watching. Matt knows more about him as a person. We’re not even close to that point.”
The Chicago Bears refused to rule out what would be a controversial pursuit of former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt.
Bears coach Matt Nagy admitted that he spoke to Hunt a week ago, but nobody was willing to commit either way to bringing Hunt to Chicago.
Bears non-committal on the idea of pursuing Kareem Hunt in the offseason. Matt Nagy spoke to Hunt by phone one week ago. Nagy and Hunt obviously have a relationship dating back to Kansas City.
— Jeff Dickerson (@DickersonESPN) January 14, 2019
Nagy was Hunt’s offensive coordinator during the running back’s rookie year with Kansas City in 2017.
Hunt was released by Kansas City after video emerged of him assaulting a woman. He faces a lengthy suspension from the NFL, and any approach from the Bears would be met with significant public outcry. It’s hard to see any reason for them to do it.
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The NFL once again came under fire recently for its inability to track down video evidence of a player getting physical with a woman, and executives from the league tried to explain why that is the case on Wednesday.
Todd Jones, an NFL executive involved in off-field discipline, described the league’s investigative powers as “limited.” He said league officials act as swiftly as possible when they are able to obtain evidence like the video in the Kareem Hunt incident, but that evidence is not always readily available.
NFL exec Todd Jones, involved in off-field discipline, describes the NFL’s investigative powers as “limited. … There is information we can’t get when we need it. But when we get it, we act on it.” But makes clear the NFL will continue to investigate along with police.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 12, 2018
As was the case with the video of Ray Rice punching his now-wife Janay Palmer in an elevator, TMZ obtained the footage of Kareem Hunt kicking and shoving a woman earlier this year without the NFL ever having seen it. Jones noted that outlets like TMZ have the option of paying for the evidence, whereas the NFL doesn’t.
NFL exec Todd Jones says it’s “not likely at all” to buy evidence videos as @TMZ does. He points out it would open a “Pandora’s box” of issues, while also saying the league doesn’t have journalistic, First Amendment privilege to protect sources.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 12, 2018
The incident with Hunt took place at a Cleveland hotel, and police in the city are investigating whether or not the allegations of assault against Hunt were handled properly. NFL officials said previously that they immediately requested footage from hotel surveillance cameras after learning of the incident, but the hotel said it would only turn the footage over to law enforcement. It’s unclear why police never followed up.
While it makes sense that the NFL would be unable to pay for information the way TMZ would, that doesn’t explain some of the other reports from the Hunt investigation that make the league look extremely shady.
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Kareem Hunt is still waiting for the NFL to determine how long he will be suspended in the wake of multiple off-field incidents, and the running back is trying to show the league he is taking the situation seriously.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Hunt entered into counseling this week for alcohol and anger management. The 23-year-old knows he is going to be suspended and wants to begin serving the ban as quickly as possible, and he has been in touch with the NFL and the NFL Players Association regarding what is expected of him in the meantime.
Hunt was waived by the Chiefs after a video of him shoving and kicking a woman was released last month. That incident would likely be enough to trigger a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, but he has also been accused of punching a man in the face during an altercation at a resort over the summer and attacking a man at a nightclub back in January. He’ll likely be looking at longer than a six-game suspension because of all that.
While Ray Rice never played again in the NFL after a video of him punching his now-wife surfaced, the belief seems to be that Hunt will find work when his status becomes more clear. He was a Pro Bowler with the Chiefs and is still in his prime. Unfortunately, that often is what matters most in the NFL.
The Cleveland Division of Police is launching an investigation regarding its handling of the Kareem Hunt incident from February.
Cleveland police shared an update on their website on Wednesday that says they will be investigating two aspects of the Hunt matter.
1) They will investigate how a copy of the police report was shared with an NFL representative without going through official channels.
2) They will investigate their overall response to the incident.
Here is the exact language from the update:
“Following an internal review, it has been determined that in February 2018 a member of the Cleveland Division of Police provided a copy of the police report involving the February 10, 2018 assault incident at The 9 to a representative from the National Football League.
“The report did not go through the official public records request process.
“The Cleveland Division of Police is conducting an internal investigation regarding the overall response to the February 10, 2018 incident.”
TMZ Sports published video of Hunt shoving and kicking a woman at his apartment/hotel complex in Cleveland in February. Though details of the incident had been reported by the media in February thanks to the information from the police report, last Friday was the first time video had been distributed to the public. Hunt ended up being placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list and cut by the Kansas City Chiefs in response to his assault of the woman.
Both the NFL and the Chiefs had denied seeing the video until it was published by TMZ. One of the big questions has been why/how the NFL did not previously see the video, especially since they were conducting their own investigation and reportedly told the Chiefs to stop pursuing it. The other question is why/how the police decided not to pursue the video if it was available to them.
Neither Hunt nor the woman involved were charged with any crimes despite each party being accused of assault. They were referred to the prosecutor’s office if they wanted to pursue charges.
Kareem Hunt was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs last week after a video of him shoving and kicking a woman surfaced, and it turns out that was just one incident in a series of off-field red flags surrounding the star running back.
According to a police report obtained by TMZ, Hunt was accused of attacking a man at a nightclub in Kansas City following the Chiefs’ loss to the Tennessee Titans back in January. In the report, the alleged victim says he saw his friend getting shoved by three men, one of whom was former Chiefs running back George Atkinson. The man says he confronted Atkinson and was punched in the shoulder before a group of men — which he says included Hunt — all began beating him.
The man told police he was treated at a nearby hospital after he was hit in his head and body multiple times and believes he lost consciousness. He suffered a broken nose, broken ribs and multiple bruises. He also had cuts on his mouth at the time he filed the police report. He told police he did not want to file a report but family members convinced him he needed to.
Kansas City police told TMZ that neither Hunt nor Atkinson were ever arrested, as the victim stopped cooperating with the investigation after he filed his report.
The January nightclub incident would have been not long before Hunt got into a physical altercation with a woman at the hotel in Cleveland where he had been living. Then in June, Hunt was accused of punching a man in the face during an altercation at a resort where he had been partying.
Hunt went unclaimed on Monday despite reportedly receiving interest from some teams. He is almost certain to be facing a six-game suspension, and the ban could be even longer given that there are multiple instances where the NFL could say he violated the league’s personal conduct policy.