Former Kansas City Chiefs Running Back Kareem Hunt Apologizes for Violent Altercation With Woman, Says He's Embarrassed by Video

Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt apologized on Sunday for a physical altercation he had with a woman back in February and said he was embarrassed by the video of the incident, which was released on Friday.

During an interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters, Hunt called it a “long night,” but said that instead of it getting physical, he should have found a way to responsibly de-escalate the situation. TMZ published a video of the incident on Friday, which showed Hunt and another woman arguing in the hallway of his Cleveland, Ohio, residence. The two exchanged words and Hunt shoved the woman, who appeared to walk away but then once again approached Hunt.

Hunt charged towards the woman, knocking into a man who was between them trying to de-escalate the situation, who fell into the woman, causing her to go flying. After the fall, the woman stumbled around and while kneeling down, Hunt kicked her.

On Friday, following the release of the video, the Kansas City Chiefs released Hunt from the organization. In a statement, the NFL team said that they were made aware of the incident in February and initiated investigations into it. However, the video confirmed the fact that Hunt was not truthful in discussions he had with members of the management team, prompting his release.

Hunt acknowledged his release from the team and said that the Kansas City Chiefs did what was right because he didn’t tell the organization everything.

"I don't blame them for anything,” Hunt said. “My actions caused this."

kareem hunt kansas city chiefs Running back Kareem Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs runs to the sidelines just before kickoff in the game against the Miami Dolphins at Arrowhead Stadium on December 24, 2017, in Kansas City, Missouri. Hunt apologized on Sunday for his actions during a physical altercation with a woman. Jason Hanna/Getty Images

Still, he hoped that he’d be given another chance because he told ESPN that he’s worked toward his goal of playing in the NFL his whole life. After the sacrifices he said he’s made, he said he’ll do whatever he can to help win.

As far as the release of the video is concerned, Hunt explained that he was embarrassed by it and that the actions of that night aren’t characteristic of who he is as a person.

"That's not me. That's not the person I am,” he told ESPN. “It's out there. It happened. I'm very embarrassed about it. I'm ashamed of myself.”

Hunt also apologized to his family, the Kansas City Chiefs organization and the woman in the video.

Amy Trask, the former chief executive officer of the Oakland Raiders, told CBS Sports that had one of her players been in the position Hunt was in, she would have worked like Nancy Drew to find a video of the incident immediately after being notified of it. She added that it may be time for NFL teams to work harder to obtain video footage.

The NFL faced criticism after Hunt said the organization never contacted him about the incident, prompting claims that the league doesn’t care about domestic violence. While Trask said the criticism about how the NFL handled the situation is justified, she disagreed that the league doesn’t care.  

Despite the focus on Hunt and other situations of domestic violence, Trask reminded people that the negative incidents shouldn’t cloud judgment on NFL players as a whole.  

“Let’s not lose sight of the fact that the vast, vast majority of players in the league, present and past, are tremendous men doing sensational things in their communities,” she said.

Hunt was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the NFL draft in 2017 after playing college football at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.    

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