Just hours after a disturbing video of an assault was made public by TMZ, the Kansas City Chiefs announced that they were releasing running back Kareem Hunt on Friday night.
Hunt, one of the best running backs in the NFL this season, was a huge part of the Chiefs offense and had not missed any playing time despite an incident in a Cleveland hotel room in February between he and a 19-year-old woman.
TMZ’s release of the graphic video that showed Hunt shove and later kick the victim shocked many around the league, and on Friday night the team decided to cut ties with one of its most prolific offensive weapons.
The Chiefs and National Football League both claim that they didn’t see the video of the incident, and merely worked off the police report from the incident.
That report did not include that Hunt had kicked the woman in question, nor did it seem to indicate the severity of the violence contained in the video.
Hunt was fourth in rushing yards in the NFL upon his release, and was an integral part of a Chiefs offense that’s electrified the NFL this season. But the allegations against him were known well before the season began, though the Chiefs and the NFL took no action to suspend or discipline him in any way.
While the Chiefs and the NFL addressed the allegations against Hunt and his actions, Hunt himself remained quiet on social media following the video going public. He did, however, release a statement through NFL reporter Ian Rapaport following his release on Friday night.
It’s unclear if another NFL team will attempt to sign Hunt following his release, but given the severity of the video, Hunt may be facing a suspension by the time he potentially returns to an NFL team.