Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt is almost certain to be suspended after a video of him assaulting a woman was released this week, but that incident is apparently not the only one the NFL will be investigating when determining what the punishment for Hunt will be.
The baseline for violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy is a six-game suspension, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Hunt could actually be suspended for longer than that. In addition to looking into Hunt pushing and kicking a woman back in February, the NFL will also investigate Hunt allegedly punching a man at an Ohio resort back in June.
Hunt was accused of punching a man in the face during an altercation at a resort where he was partying over the summer. He was not arrested and the victim never pressed charges.
According to Rapoport, the NFL may have found enough evidence in the June incident to add to the suspension that is likely coming Hunt’s way. Depending on how quickly the investigations move, Hunt could end up missing a large portion of the 2019 season.
Even though Hunt was not suspended initially when a report surfaced that he got into a physical altercation with a woman back in February, the video that was released on Friday is being treated as new evidence. We are already hearing questions about how motivated the NFL was to obtain the footage, but that isn’t going to help Hunt.
The situation that unfolded with Kareem Hunt this week is eerily similar to what happened with Ray Rice back in 2014. Rice, who was suspended and never played in the NFL again after a video of him punching his now-wife Janay was released, is hoping to help Hunt figure out where to go from here.
In an interview with Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Rice spoke about how he has been trying to help other athletes and individuals avoid “split-second decisions” that can permanently change their lives. He’d like to have a similar discussion with Hunt.
“Peer-to-peer, I would definitely try to help him figure out, ‘How can we start dealing with the underlying problems in your life?'” Rice said. “…In that moment right there, you go back and you think about your own self. First, I would look at the situation and say, ‘How did I even get in that moment?’ Because whatever what was done in that moment, something transpired before it even got there.”
Rice reflected on his own situation and how he wished he could have taken a step back before making the worst decision of his life.
“I just look at the situation and say, ‘Your life wasn’t being threatened.’ So, if there was just words, you can back out of that situation — so somewhere there’s got to [show] some strength to deal with that properly,” he said. “It is hard to practice what to do in the most intense moments and about making those split-second decisions.”
Now that he has spoken with players at several top college programs like Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia and Notre Dame in addition to NFL teams including the Ravens, Rice is hoping to keep helping his peers and hinted that he would like to turn it into a career.
Of course, there are always going to be questions about whether domestic abusers like Rice are truly sorry or just sorry they got caught. Hunt lied to the Chiefs about the confrontation he got into with a woman, and you have to wonder how he would feel if certain people got their way with the release of the footage.
How did TMZ once again obtain and publish a video that the NFL and team claimed they had not seen and were unable to obtain? That’s been a major question asked in response to TMZ publishing the infamous Kareem Hunt video on Friday.
According to one report, the defense for the Kansas City Chiefs is that they were told by the league to stop trying to obtain the video.
The Athletic’s Nate Taylor wrote an excellent article full of details about Hunt’s final day with the Kansas City Chiefs. In his article, Taylor says the Chiefs were told by the NFL to stop pursuing it.
From Taylor’s article:
The Chiefs, according to multiple league sources, knew video evidence of the altercation existed, but they were told by the NFL to stop pursuing it later in February once the league began its investigation. The league, however, couldn’t obtain the video.
That detail will only hurt the worsening public perception of the league.
The NFL says they tried to obtain the video from the hotel but were told it was not company policy to release it to anyone but law enforcement. They said they tried to obtain the video from Cleveland police but were denied. Cleveland police also says they did not see the video.
If the NFL had so much trouble obtaining the video as they claim, why would they tell the Chiefs not to pursue it? Wouldn’t they want the help? Once again, like with the Ray Rice situation, these details make it seem like the league was trying to avoid another negative PR hit from an ugly incident, which happened anyway.
Taylor’s article included a few other notable pieces of information. He says Hunt did not tell the Chiefs about the incident after it happened, leaving the team to learn about it through media reports. Hunt also reportedly told the team he did not do anything.
In their statement after cutting Hunt, the Chiefs said they were doing so in part because the running back was not truthful about his altercation with the woman in February. Hunt was shown on video shoving and kicking a woman but was never charged by police. Two police reports were filed — one from parties representing each side of the incident — and neither report mentioned the kick.
The Chiefs apparently believe Hunt will be signed by another NFL team once his discipline from the league is sorted out.
Kareem Hunt has spoken out in a statement released on Friday.
The former Kansas City Chiefs running back apologized for his actions, saying he regrets what he did.
“I want to apologize for my actions. I deeply regret what I did. I hope to move on from this,” Hunt said in a statement.
Hunt’s season — and potentially his career — may have come to an end after TMZ Sports published video on Friday that showed the running back pushing and kicking a woman from an incident back in February. The incident was reported at the time, but Hunt was not punished.
After the video was published and widely shared, the NFL and Chiefs reviewed the matter and took action. The league placed Hunt on the commissioner’s exempt list, making him ineligible to play or practice. The Chiefs cut Hunt. Both said they tried to obtain the video but were unable to acquire it.
The Kansas City Chiefs have acted swiftly and decisively about Kareem Hunt.
The team announced on Friday night that they have released the running back. The team said in a statement that Hunt lied to them about the incident, and the video proved that.
“As part of our internal discussions with Kareem, several members of our management team spoke directly to him. Kareem was not truthful in those discussions. The video released today confirms that fact. We are releasing Kareem immediately.”
Hunt’s alleged assault was reported back in February, but the running back was not punished by the league. On Friday, TMZ published video that showed Hunt pushing and kicking the woman. Both the team and league said they had not seen the video prior to TMZ publishing it.
Hunt is currently on the commissioner’s exempt list and ineligible to play or practice. He will be placed on waivers.
Neither the NFL nor the Kansas City Chiefs had seen the video of Kareem Hunt pushing and kicking a woman prior to its publication on Friday, according to a report.
Both NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that neither the league nor team had seen the video. Rapoport provides specifics, saying that the NFL made attempts to obtain the video but was denied. The league reportedly was told by the hotel it was corporate policy to turn the tape over to law enforcement, and police would not provide it to the league.
Though the incident was reported in February, Hunt was never punished by the league. However, after video was published by TMZ Friday showing that Hunt had shoved and kicked the woman, the league placed Hunt on the commissioner’s exempt list, making him ineligible to play. They are re-investigating the case in the meantime.
Hunt will not be eligible to play in/attend games or practice with the Chiefs until he is removed from the list. He will be able to participate in meetings and team activities.
Kareem Hunt will be ineligible to play for the Kansas City Chiefs indefinitely after being placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List on Friday.
Being on the exempt list means Hunt will not be allowed to play in or attend games and he may not practice. He may only be allowed to attend meetings and other team activities.
The Chiefs running back was placed on the list several hours after video was published by TMZ Friday showing Hunt shoving and kicking a woman. The video stems from an incident that was reported in February.
The NFL re-opening the investigation from February will reflect poorly on the league. Much like the Ray Rice case, the public perception will be that they did not take the incident seriously enough when it was first reported and that it took video emerging for them to act.
The 9-2 Chiefs play at Oakland on Sunday. Hunt has rushed for 824 yards and 7 touchdowns this season. He has 378 receiving yards and 7 receiving touchdowns.
One former Kansas City Chiefs player is FURIOUS with Kareem Hunt over the running back’s February assault of a woman.
Larry Johnson, who played for the Chiefs from 2003-2009 and made two Pro Bowls, ripped into Hunt via Twitter after video emerged Friday of Hunt’s assault.
“I thought I made my mistakes painfully clear!!!!
“I thought I was a perfect example of what NOT to do!!!!
“I thought by speaking aloud about my pitfalls that players after me could see these situations before they’d happen.
“REALLY F—ING UPSET KAREEM……” Johnson tweeted.
After being an absolute star in 2005 and 2006 for Kansas City, Johnson washed out of the league quickly and was hardly effective beyond 2008. He was arrested multiple times during his career, including five arrests for violence against women. In 2012, he was arrested for strangling his girlfriend until she passed out.
About 10 years after Johnson’s Chiefs career has ended, the team has a new young star running back also getting into trouble for being physical with a woman — and supposedly a man. The parallels are obvious, and it’s upsetting for Johnson to see someone not learn from his awful mistakes.
Hunt was sent home by the Chiefs after they learned that video was released. The second-year back may end up on the commissioner’s exempt list.
The Kansas City Chiefs are, at least for the moment, distancing themselves from Kareem Hunt.
According to Dan Graziano of ESPN, the Chiefs sent Hunt home from the practice facility after learning of the video. While the next steps are unclear, Graziano reports that it’s likely that Hunt will be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list.
While the allegations against Hunt have been known for months, Friday brought us the first video of it, and created a firestorm. The best thing for Kansas City to do is to keep Hunt away until this matter is settled.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt was accused of assaulting a woman at a hotel back in February, and there is now footage of the incident.
In a surveillance video that was obtained by TMZ, Hunt is allegedly shown arguing with a 19-year-old woman outside of his room at The Metropolitan at the 9. The confrontation turned physical, and Hunt was shown shoving the woman to the ground and later kicking her when she was crouched over.
Hunt did not face charges or disciplinary action from the NFL over the incident. He denied any wrongdoing, and a friend of the Pro Bowler said the woman called Hunt a racial slur during the argument. Police reports were made against both Hunt and the woman, but no arrests were made at the scene.
It’s unclear if the NFL had seen the surveillance footage prior to TMZ releasing it, but the situation is shaping up to look eerily similar to the one we saw with Ray Rice several years ago.