Video has emerged of Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt physically assaulting a woman in February of this year in the hallway of a Cleveland hotel. TMZ on Friday published the video of the incident, which had previously been reported earlier this year.
The woman, 19, reportedly told police that Hunt kicked her out of his hotel room after she would not “hook up” with one of Hunt’s friends, per TMZ. Hunt’s friends, meanwhile, accused her of using a racial slur and hitting another woman in the group.
Hunt is seen pushing the woman, who hits him afterward. After that, Hunt charges towards the woman, pushing another man into her and knocking her to the ground. Hunt kicks her while she is recovering.
No charges were filed against Hunt.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported the Chiefs sent Hunt home from practice after the video was released on Friday, with further action yet to come. The NFL’s policy, as of 2014, is an automatic six-game suspension for players who commit domestic violence. However, the league may not consider this incident domestic violence.
Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, who is not related to Kareem Hunt, addressed the situation in August, saying it was unlikely the running back would be disciplined by the league.
“I’m sure he learned some lessons this offseason and hopefully won’t be in those kind of situations in the future,” Clark Hunt said.
It is unclear whether or not the NFL and the Chiefs had seen, or known about, the video prior to TMZ publishing it on Friday. The Athletic’s Nate Taylor said “the belief” was that the team learned about it as TMZ published it, while NFL reporter Benjamin Allbright said he was told the league and the team at least knew about the video.
Kareem Hunt, 23, is among the best running backs in the NFL. In 2017, the Ohio native was selected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie.