The Kansas City Chiefs learned of an incident earlier this year involving running back Kareem Hunt and a woman—but when the management team confronted him about it, "Kareem was not truthful," the team said Friday. Those lies became all too clear with TMZ Sports' Friday release of surveillance video that captures the incident and shows Hunt shoving and kicking a woman in a hallway in his Cleveland hotel apartment, The Metropolitan at the 9. In light of the video's release, the team announced it was "releasing Kareem immediately." The Kansas City Star reports police did respond to the Feb. 10 incident and two police reports resulted. No charges were filed, and the paper describes the footage as being "not available" until TMZ obtained it. Both the team and the NFL said they hadn't seen it. More:
- The Star reports one police report named the 19-year-old woman as the suspect; the other named Hunt. Citing a police report, USA Today reports the female said she and a female friend had met Hunt that day, partied with him and his friends, and returned to his apartment. She said she got thrown out because she "didn't want" one of the men; a friend of Hunt's says the two women were booted when their ages surfaced.
- The woman allegedly used racial slurs, knocked repeatedly on the door, and sat outside the apartment. Hunt and a friend then tell her and her friend to leave. The video shows the two talking before Hunt shoves her. She hits him in the face and he tries to charge toward her as others restrain him; he kicks her toward the end of the video as she's squatting on the ground.
- Hunt said in a statement, "I want to apologize for my actions. I deeply regret what I did. I hope to move on from this."
- As far as moving on goes, the Washington Post notes that prior to the Chiefs releasing Hunt the NFL put him on paid administrative leave via the commissioner’s exempt list. That means even if another NFL team were to scoop him up, he's not currently eligible to play.
- The NFL launched an investigation in February and will now include a review of the video, which a source tells the Post the NFL repeatedly tried to obtain. The hotel reportedly said its policy restricted it to only giving it to law enforcement. ESPN reports the league did reach out to the Cleveland Police Department, but it would not share the video.
- Here's the AP on Hunt's standout career thus far: "Hunt led the NFL in rushing as a rookie with 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns in helping Kansas City make the playoffs. He had run for 824 yards this season, with seven touchdowns passing and seven more receiving, in helping the Chiefs to a 9-2 start and a stranglehold on the AFC West."
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