Chiefs release RB Kareem Hunt after violent video surfaces

Credit: Kelvin Kuo

Credit: Kelvin Kuo

The Kansas City Chiefs released Kareem Hunt on Friday, hours after a video surfaced that showed the running back shoving and kicking a woman in February, the Kansas City Star reported.

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The team announced the move shortly after the NFL had placed Hunt, 23, on the commissioner's exempt list, ESPN reported.

"Earlier this year, we were made aware of an incident involving running back Kareem Hunt," the Chiefs said in a statement the team released Friday night. "At that time, the National Football League and law enforcement initiated investigations into the issue. As part of our internal discussions with Kareem, several members of our management team spoke directly to him. Kareem was not truthful in those discussions. The video released today confirms that fact. We are releasing Kareem immediately."

"I want to apologize for my actions," Hunt said in a statement to ESPN. "I deeply regret what I did. I hope to move on from this."

The video of Hunt, published by TMZ Sports, is related to an incident in February at a downtown Cleveland hotel where the running back has an apartment, the Star reported.

Police were called and a written report was made, but Friday was the first time video footage of the incident had been available, the newspaper reported.

In an email to the Star, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, "Neither the NFL nor the Chiefs viewed the video before it became public today."

Hunt had rushed for 824 yards and seven touchdowns for the Chiefs (9-3) who own the best record in the AFC this season. For his career, Hunt has rushed for 2,151 yards and has scored 15 touchdowns.

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