On Friday, a video emerged that showed an incident from last February 10 in which Kansas City Chiefs star running back Kareem Hunt shoved a 19-year-old woman, prompting her to hit him in the face, triggering him to shove one of his friends into her, knocking them both down and finally kicking her and knocking her over while she was crouching on the ground.
That video, published by TMZ Sports, reflected an incident that had been publicized months ago, and calls into question why the NFL, which reportedly has an in-house judicial process to investigate such matters, did not obtain the surveillance video from the hotel. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk opined, “Basically, the league either saw the video and did nothing (which isn’t good) or the league didn’t see the video because it failed to take steps to obtain it, thereby learning nothing from the Ray Rice fiasco (which isn’t good).”
Last June, TMZ reported that Hunt had punched a man in the face at the Bay Lodging Resort in Put-in-Bay, Ohio. The man declined to press charges.
Hunt has played every game this season; in August Chiefs owner Clark Hunt stated:
The team’s made up of a bunch of young men. They’re not always going to make the best decisions, but we have a strong support system, both with the coaching staff and also with our player development department that works with young guys and talks to them about the situations that they want to be in. Kareem is a young man, second year in the league, obviously had a very big year on the field last year. I’m sure he learned some lessons this offseason and hopefully won’t be in those kind of situations in the future.
Hunt said coach Andy Reid told him, “Just move forward and focus on football.” Hunt added, “I’ve learned from it and I’m focused on football.”
On Friday, Hunt was reportedly been sent home from the Chiefs’ practice facility, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. Graziano said Hunt will likely be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list. That would mean he would miss Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.
On February 15, 2014, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punched his then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer, in an Atlantic City hotel elevator. He was suspended for two games by the NFL. He was indicted on March 27, 2014 on third-degree aggravated assault. The very next day Rice and Palmer were married. The criminal charges were later dropped after Rice agreed to undergo court-supervised counseling.
In August 2014, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter to the owners in which he stated:
My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn’t get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.”
In September, TMZ released video of the entire incident; the Ravens released Rice soon after that.
Video of Hunt from TMZ below: