The Kansas City Chiefs released running back Kareem Hunt on Friday night after video came to light that showed Hunt knocking over and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel hallway in February.
"Earlier this year, we were made aware of an incident involving running back Kareem Hunt. At that time, the National Football League and law enforcement initiated investigations into the issue," the Chiefs said in a news release. "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."
TMZ released video of Hunt and the woman on Friday, and it appears to show Hunt forcefully shoving the woman and later kicking his leg at her. Hunt also appears to hit another man who looked like he was trying to intervene, and the force of the shove knocked the man and woman to the ground.
The incident was investigated by police, and no charges were filed at the time by prosecutors who reportedly had access to the Cleveland hotel where the incident took place. Chiefs owner and CEO Clark Hunt said back in August that he did not believe Hunt would be suspended, and the whole thing was somewhat forgotten about.
Until now. The team issued its statement releasing Hunt shortly after the NFL had placed Hunt on its Commissioner Exemption List.
It's hard not to draw parallels to this incident and the one that occurred between Ray Rice and his wife in 2014 that was a major black eye for the player and the league.
The NFL's mishandling of the Rice situation drew serious criticism for commissioner Roger Goodell, and the league responded by issuing a revised domestic violence policy that's supposed to result in a six-game suspension for players who are found to be in violation of it, even if there have been exceptions (such as a one-game suspension for former Giants kicker Josh Brown).
The Chiefs are scheduled to face the Oakland Raiders this Sunday. Hunt had followed up his Pro Bowl rookie season in 2017 with a strong season for the 10-1 Chiefs. Hunt has rushed for 824 yards and seven touchdowns and has 378 yards receiving and another seven scores.