Less than an hour after learning the NFL placed Kareem Hunt on the Commissioner Exempt list, the Chiefs announced the release of the second-year back, The Kansas City Star’s Brooke Pryor tweets.
The Chiefs released a statement with the announcement of the news:
“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. 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.”
The move comes on the heels of a video released on Friday by TMZ that showed the Pro Bowl running back pushing a woman to the ground and kicking her while on the floor in an incident at a Cleveland hotel this past February. The woman claimed she was removed from Hunt’s apartment in the hotel for refusing to have intercourse with one of the player’s friends. She responded by striking Hunt, who broke free of his friends attempting to hold him back, knocked one of his buddies into the woman and then kicked her while she was on the ground.
When police came to the hotel, Hunt and the accuser had different accounts of what happened. While she says that she was kicked out of Hunt’s room for refusing to sleep with one of his buddies, Hunt claims that she was asked to leave and retaliated with a racial slur. No charges were filed from the incident but two police reports were created, one listing Hunt as the suspect and another listing the woman as a suspect, according to Pryor.
Regardless of which account is correct, the Chiefs made it clear that the version of the story Hunt told them was not backed up by the video. While the NFL conducted an investigation into the matter, it was reportedly denied the security footage by both the hotel and the Cleveland Police Department.
Hunt responded in a statement:
“I want to apologize for my actions. I deeply regret what I did. I hope to move on from this.”
The Chiefs wasted little time in removing the NFL’s sixth-leading rusher from their team once the video came to light. The team will now turn to Spencer Ware as it looks to wrap up a playoff spot in the coming weeks.
154 comments on “Chiefs Release Kareem Hunt”
Raiders fan here…but…
W O W
Raiders will claim him. Happily. They love sloppy seconds.
Redskins trying to get him too
Well they did recently hold a workout for 5 kickers.
No, Cincinnati will grab him n put him in the backfield with Mixon!
This is stunning and absurd. Watch the entire video. He was part of the problem, but there was nothing brutal about what he did. This is an unbelievable overreaction.
Other than kicking a woman while she’s on the ground?
How about if you lie on the ground while a professional football player kicks you, THEN make a judgement as to whether it was brutal?
I’m not defending him at all, but I’ve seen 5 year old kick harder than that.
So kicking a woman on the ground as long as it’s not harder than a 5 year old kicks?
I mean, you’re Snotrocket. Of course you have.
You cybrpete, are the reason this type of behavior perpetuates itself.
Nothing brutal are you kidding moron he kicked a woman. Your a despicable moron for making that statement
Ehhhh so the kick to the female while she is on the ground after just being plowed over by a 200 lb dude who was pushed by a professional football player was probably what? A 5 out of 10 on the violent kick scale? Your rite it was no big deal. Total overreaction! Stop , just stop. Is your dignity worth less than I’m guessing your home teams Running back? Or your fantasy team?
I’m a lifelong Chiefs fan, and this is the reason why. The team is above any player, no matter how talented he is. It hurts, and may cost us a Super Bowl run, but it is the right thing to do. I’m sure they had spoken to Kareem and he lied about the severity of this incident, which is the reason for his release.
Literally what the above post said. But thanks for this hot take.
I agree..I remember the days of Steve DeBerg and thought this was the team…glad we kept Spencer he was great before the knee injury
umm what Tyreek Hill did was way worse than Hunt. He’ll what Ray Rice did was way worse than Hunt. Not defend the dude because it was really bad what he did. But releasoo him? Seems unwarranted
Tyreek choked and struck his pregnant gf in college.
He was just a kid! Don’t worry, he will mess up again. Abusers do not learn.
He assaulted a female and then lied to his employers about it. How is that not worth releasing?
If that was your daughter would you feel that way?
I would wonder why my daughter is hanging out with them thugs.
When I read this, I immediately kicked my daughter as hard as I could to find out! As it turns out I don’t feel the same way. Now my foot hurts and the little brat won’t stop crying.
While I will not condone ty hills actions, it was in college before he was a member of the team. In his predraft interviews I’m sure it was addressed. If Hunt lied about what he did, this is not comparable
It does not matter “what is worse”. Assault is assault.
You mean the team that rosters Tyreek Hill right?
But didn’t they do this only after he was put on the commissioner’s exempt list by the league which meant he couldn’t play in anymore games anyways or am I missing something.
Yeah a class organization lol! A team that kept him around after incident. Do you really believe there billionaire owner didn’t know? I guess he didn’t know about Tyreek Hills past either when your class organization drafted him.
The team is above any player, yet employs a dude who strangled his fiancee to the point of passing out? Ok.
Yeah so why not harbor two women beaters on the team right? Right? Right? Thought so
It happened in Feb.
But Hunt lied about what really happened. I’m glad they released him though.
Couple of things, when I wrote my comment there wasn’t anything on the article about the Chief’s official statement. second, I believe in second chances, but only to those who deserve it. Hill was obviously questioned about it and they believed he deserved a second chance. Hunt was also questioned about the incident after it happened and was given the benefit of the doubt, and turns out he lied. He doesn’t deserve a second chance yet. I hope he learns from this experience, gets the help he needs, makes things right with the victim and society. Then he’ll deserve to get a second chance.
As expected. Thanks so much for what you have done on the field. You are a winner on the field but a loser in life. Good luck.
He’ll be claimed immediately.
Probably by the Redskins.
Wont get that far. San Francisco should be all over this. A huge piece for their rebuild for free. Just like how Jimmy fell on their lap
But they probably wont claim him with the whole Foster thing. Someone else will tho
Cool, waste your waiver
They probably won’t claim him because of the whole morals thing
Morals? This is the NFL! They don’t have such things in this league of felons !
Wow did not see this coming.
WOW. That is shocking!!!!
See what lying gets you? Parents, teach your children why lying is wrong.
Other lessons taught over the years:
-Nothing good happens after midnight.
-distance yourself from your posse.
-never raise a hand to a woman
what if the woman is my teacher and im asking her a question? i cant just call out.. thats rude
But since it’s only kindergarten, she’ll break you of that habit before passing you off to 1st grade… 😉
Also, not to assault women would be a great lesson to teach them as well !
Washington already put in a claim.
Redskins will pick him up
And here comes Washington, Dallas or the Ravens to sign him.
OMG hope my Bears claim him
why? he’s going to be suspended the rest of the year. and you want a woman beater on the team?
There all woman beaters. Some are dumb enough to get caught.
As Chris Carter stated, “he needed a fall guy!”
What an ignorant comment!
I want the most talented players on my team, the legal system can take care of legal issues. I wouldn’t even suspend guys for stuff like this (meaning any legal issue), I’d let the legal system handle its business. I’d love it if they signed Hunt.
I bet you have tons of responsibilities in your work, don’t you?
I’m not sure what this means, I’m a lawyer if you’re referring to me. I just don’t agree that things done outside of your job should be any of your employer’s business. I think it’s a problem in our society.
Hahaha! You’re definitely not a lawyer.
So if someone that works with you shoots your wife,your employer should mind their own business, and let the cards fall where they may?
PS, as long as they didn’t do it at work?
Well that explains it! Lawyers are just as morally bankrupt !
Bears don’t like to roster any players that are controversial or prima donnas as evidence by past releases of players. Will always be that way as the McCaskeys Tun the show.
Yeah I’m sure he won’t get to the Bears anyway
They signed and held on to Brandon Marshall for several years.
Someone will claim him off waivers
This really makes the Redskins look even worse
All of a sudden my Fantasy Team sucks….
I just lost my top 2 running backs, Hunt and Gordon
Her dad should’ve been released for letting her hang around with a bunch of hoodlums
Ahhh…. another guy who’s daughter has been turned out by the chocolate hot dog. Aye Aye Captain
Nah tflacid, my daughter has dignity and self respect and my boys would never put their hands on a woman…you’re just a thug sympathizer
You’re insulting white trash by comparing them to this idiot
Sounds like you two should go play tummy sticks together
PACKERS PLEASEEEEEE PICN HIM UP SOMEHOW
You do realize he can’t play in anymore games as he’s on the commissioner’s exempt list.
Packers are looking forward to 2019. You don’t think he will play in 2019?
Sure if you want your small town team to harbor a woman beater, you guys are real pieces of work
Did not see this coming !
Redskins will pick him up! LOL
What’s the over/under on how many “the Redskins will claim him” comments?
Kudos to the Chiefs for taking a stand.
Taking a stand? They’ve known about this for 9 months….
I doubt they had confirmed video of it 9 months ago.
Oh course they did, they are a NFL team. They were riding him til the tape came public then looked like angels releasing him.
100% accurate I am sure. That’s why they were so quick to release. I am sure it was discussed previously and calculated. This is the Chiefs saving face.
Only a matter of time before he joins the bengals
Or the redskins
My team is known for these kind of guys, (vontaze, pac-man, Chris Henry)
bengals already have mixon.
Jets should offer them Crowell for a draft pick. Chiefs are going to need someone else, besides Ware, to make a run at this.
Trade deadline passed.
The trade deadline was Oct 30th.
The Toledo football team from 2016 has had some problems this year as the QB, Logan woodside got arrested for a DUI earlier this year
Another Ray Rice, NFL won’t make the same mistake this time. No 1 or 2 game suspension, he will be banished from the NFL quickly. What ever happen to Ray Rice? Never heard from again on any NFL roster. Foster has no video of his stupidity or he would not of been claimed, still say he won;t see the NFL field either. They can join Hardy on the MMA scene for their new career.
This was a fight. Hunt will play again without a doubt.
So was the Ray Rice incident, check the video. It happen in a elevator, videos don’t lie, only humans and that what Hunt did, told KC one story and video’s showed something else. You just don;t hit women period end of story.
Your citing 2 completely diffrent circumstances as if its the same. Rice could have killed her with that punch. Hunt did not do that. Hunts video was not bad until the kick.
“That armed robbery wasn’t bad until the shot…”
Armed robbery is a crime before you shoot
Assault is a crime before you kick.
What are you talking about, she hits the wall and floor after he lunges at her and hits a dude into her, if she hurt her head bad or got knocked out then will you be happy? So silly
Whoa, looks like he’ll be a Redskin.
What a POS!
Hill is accused of the same thing. Why didn’t they release him? Oh I forgot no video yet.
Pretty simple add by any other GM. Just take the wait and see approach, honestly the assault on his homies holding him back was more physical than anything he directly did to her. The indirect knockdown, well his boy needs to not flop so hard. One argument to be made, far far worse things have happened and players still played after. Donte Stallworth had a DUI, killed a man, spent 30 days in jail, played in the NFL for 3 more seasons. Killed someone, made more than anyone on this board ever has in those 3 years after he killed someone 2010, 2011, 2012. No mob scene or fan outrage.
I remember something about Stallworth not actually being responsible for that death though. I dont remember it exactly.
He hit someone in a crosswalk after out partying all night. He went to jail
He didnt even spend 30 days in jail though. There was a reason why. Manslaughter usually carries a longer term than 24 days.
Dan Snyder, sup.
How the heck am I supposed to replace this guy in my fantasy lineup. I need him in the playoffs.
It ain’t nooooo funnnnnnn if the homies can’t have nonnnnnnnne
Exactly… all these dudes are Salty. It reminds them of how they daughters prob been gettin ran through by athletes
That’s nice of you to not say anything racist this once
Just another NFL thug soon to be jailed
Someone will claim him. As much as I’d love for it to be the Steelers there is no way I would be to condone his actions.
No one mentioned the Pats yet?
Ray Lewis was involved in a murder, lied, went to the HOF and is a crappy TV guy.
Ray Lewis killed a guy.
I think Ray Lewis killed two guys
No he didn’t, his homie did. But Ray was there with them, helped them flee the scene and discard the weapon and bloody clothes. He also agreed to cooperate and then misled and lied which led to their acquittal. Lewis was sued civilly and paid the families.
Same thing, only different.
He shouldn’t have made a comment unless it said “I was blackout drunk. That’s not who I am. I’m sorry.” Blame the alcohol. Take the classes. Get back in. Now he has a lot to do to get back to playing football. Eagles are probably praying he can still play.
Really the Eagles? Nice try…
Why not? They don’t have a need at running back? Oh because they don’t take people with criminal backgrounds like Vick? Nobody remember when Donte Stallworth got drunk in a car and killed someone? He played after and that person is dead. Was Hunt wrong? Yes. But this is a sports site and I’m commenting about sports. Hunt would be a great addition.
Fill me in then please.
Seriously? You’re actually saying a man, caught on film, kicking a woman lying on the floor, would be “a great addition” to the Eagles. And you’re rationalizing that somehow the assault he committed off the field, should not affect his status on the field. It’s inconceivable to me that you don’t see the ramifications.
“Now he has a lot to do before getting back to playing football”. That was in my original post if you bothered to read that far. And ramifications? Take a look at the NFL. Everyone has already mentioned many players who have done worse and still played. Kareem Hunt would be a great fit on any team….because of his skills. Did I say this year? No I did not. So it is inconceivable to me that you don’t read entire posts and troll about what you choose to read.
So if someone else does it, it’s ok. Brilliant.
Really, the Eagles? What on earth do they have to do with Hunt or Stallworth playing after his vehicular homicide? Mike Vick was brought in by Andy Reid for a second chance and as a 3rd string QB…oh wait, Andy Reid is the guy that just released a Hunt. Move on with your idiotic comment and trying to somehow make it about the Eagles.
Then remove the Eagles and place any team with a need at RB. You think nobody is considering it? And they have nothing to do with other players having issues. I was making the point that everyone else was making about players who have done worse and still played. Eagles were just a team I grabbed that needed an RB. Make points of your own and stop trolling everyone’s comments on here Hammer.
He is no different than 9 outta 10 athletes… only difference is he got caught.
Michael Irvin allegedly stabbed a teammate. Michael Westbrook displayed some of the most violent acts of all time on a teammate during training camp. These things happen far too often.
“Violent acts of all time”. You are some kind of soft.
As far as on the field acts it was extremely violent. You may not agree but you also fail to provide any accounts of your own contrary to what I posted. Guess troll hunters isn’t just a Netflix original.
I guess you don’t remember the action of Billy Cole.
I dont know which team will claim him but someone will. The guy is on A rookie 3rd round pick contract. Rice was old and near the end of his career. It’s the sad state of pro sports. So long as you’ve got a use and if you’re cheap there is a spot for you somewhere.
Rice was old? Yeah at the ancient 27 years of age he was a senior citizen…
Rice was older for an nfl rb yes. Especially considering he wasn’t a great athlete at the position(nfl standards) and had a lot of wear and tear
I want to know why releasing Hunt was a priority, who knows if he will ever play again yet Tyreek Hill was convicted of beating up his pregnant girlfriend and had zero punishment from the Chiefs or the NFL.
Is he a Redskin yet
Well looks like we have to go out and look for another RB