KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KWCH) Update: Sunday, Dec.2, 2018
Former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt apologized Sunday on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown this morning.
In his first interview since video of the February incident surfaced, Hunt expressed regret over what happened.
The surveillance footage from a Cleveland hotel shows Hunt shoving and kicking a 19-year-old woman.
Hunt says he hopes he can clear his name because his actions that night doesn't define who he is.
"I'm definitely not that type of person. And uh, my mother raised me right. I was raised by my mama and grandma and it was just us and they've always taught me well and right from wrong. I was in the wrong, I could have took responsibility and made the right decision to find a way to deescalate the whole situation," Hunt said.
According to Adam Scheffter of ESPN, the NFL did not interview Hunt or the woman involved about the altercation.
He was released by the chiefs on Friday, and remains on the commissioner's exempt list.
Update Friday, Nov. 30, 2018
The Kansas City Chiefs released running back Kareem Hunt on Friday night after video surfaced that showed the NFL's reigning rushing champion knocking over and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel hallway in February.
The team issued a statement shortly after the NFL had placed Hunt on its Commissioner Exemption List that said the running back had lied when asked about the incident by team officials. The team said "the video today confirms that fact. We are releasing Kareem immediately."
Hunt was at the Chiefs' facility earlier Friday in preparation for Sunday's trip to Oakland, but he was excused and sent home shortly after TMZ posted the video online.
Police were called to the scene during the Feb. 10 incident, but no charges were filed.
Update 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2018
Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt was placed on the NFL's Commissioner Exemption List on Friday night after video surfaced of the reigning NFL rushing champion knocking over and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel hallway in February.
Police were called to the scene during the Feb. 10 incident, but no charges were filed. The video posted by TMZ comes at a sensitive time for the Chiefs and the NFL when it comes to domestic violence.
Hunt was at the Chiefs' facility earlier Friday in preparation for Sunday's trip to Oakland, but was excused and sent home, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal statement from the team.
Being placed on the exempt list means the player is paid and does not count against the club's 53-man roster. But he can't practice or play until he is removed from the list.
We're now seeing video from the night a woman accused Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt of physically assaulting her.
TMZ obtained the surveillance video from The Metropolitan that shows the February incident.
In it, you see Hunt and the woman approach one another. Then, he shoves her. A man attempts to get in between the two and Hunt overpowers the man, shoving the woman again and she falls to the floor.
Several people try to contain Hunt, but he continues to go after the woman. At one point he shoves and pushes her. Hunt then pushes at the woman and she and another man and both fall to the ground.
In the end, Hunt kicks the woman while she's crouched on the ground.
Officers were called to the hotel after the incident.
TMZ says the woman told officers the incident started when Hunt kicked her out of his room because he wouldn't "hook up" with one of his friends. His friends said the woman had gone crazy and was kicked out for calling Hunt the n-word.
TMZ says police collected surveillance video but said they were unable to determine that a crime had been committed.
Neither the team nor the NFL took no action against Hunt after the incident.