Kansas City Chiefs Cut Star Running Back Over Assault Allegations

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The Kansas City Chiefs have cut star running back Kareem Hunt, after video allegedly showing him assault a 19-year-old woman has surfaced.

TMZ initially posted the video Friday that appears to show Hunt punching and kicking a woman at an Ohio hotel in February.

Hunt was not arrested, nor has he been charged.

In the video, the man who appears to be Hunt is approached by a woman. He pushes her once before she hits him in the face. Another man steps in between the two. Hunt then allegedly pushes both the man who intervened and the woman.

Later on in the video, 23-year-old Hunt is allegedly seen kicking the woman back to the ground as she tried to get up.

TMZ also reports the Chiefs were made aware of the incident months ago. They say Hunt, who had not missed a single game this season, lied to them about when it occurred.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the Chiefs said in part, “As part of our internal discussions, with Kareem, several members of our management spoke directly to him. Kareem was not truthful in those discussions. The video released today confirms that fact. We are releasing Kareem immediately.”

The NFL also weighed in, saying Hunt was placed on the “Commissioner Exempt list,” meaning he cannot practice, play in or attend games.

Hunt has commented to ESPN, saying, “I want to apologize for my actions. I deeply regret what I did. I hope to move on from this.”

Reporters asked Hunt about the incident in August. At that time, both Hunt and the team’s CEO were questioned about the incident. Both stated Hunt had made a mistake and was ready to focus on football.


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