Kareem Hunt Reportedly Facing at Least 6-Game Suspension After Video Released

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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2018, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt carries during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles. A person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press that Hunt appears headed to the NFL's Commissioner Exempt List, sidelining him while the league investigates a video of Hunt striking a woman in February. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not issued a formal statement Friday, although one was expected for later in the evening. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File)
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The Kansas City Chiefs expect Kareem Hunt to be suspended for six games after a video of him shoving and kicking a 19-year-old woman at a Cleveland hotel in February surfaced Friday, according to The Athletic's Nate Taylor.

However, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Hunt could face a lengthier suspension. He also noted Hunt was under investigation for a separate incident—"punching a man in the face at an Ohio resort in June"—and that Hunt was considering admitting wrongdoing and serving his suspensions now rather than sitting on the exempt list while a prolonged investigation took place.

Following the release of video showing Ray Rice punch his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in 2014, the NFL implemented a new policy that would levy a six-game suspension upon first-time offenders of domestic violence. A second offense would result in banishment.

The NFL placed Hunt on the commissioner's exempt list Friday, and the Chiefs followed shortly later by releasing the second-year back.

Taylor noted that Hunt initially told the Chiefs he "didn't do a thing," as he "never left the [hotel] room." However, video posted by TMZ Sports provided evidence to the contrary (warning: contains disturbing material):

The team reportedly only found out about the altercation via the police reports. Courtney Astolfi of Cleveland.com reported two police reports were submitted, but no charges were filed.

Kansas City said Hunt was "not truthful" about his role in the altercation, per the team's official website:

"Earlier this year, we were made aware of an incident involving running back Kareem Hunt. 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."

Per Taylor, the Chiefs—while insisting Hunt receive counseling—would have been open to standing by him had he been open and honest. Hunt later expressed remorse for his actions, per Rapoport: "I want to apologize for my actions. I deeply regret what I did. I hope to move on from this."

Taylor added that Hunt apologized to the Chiefs while asking them not to release him, and the organization told him it would do its part to see he gets another chance in the league if he takes proper action to improve his behavior.

"You feel the kid was already on the right track," a Kansas City official told Taylor. "You want to see him succeed."

Teams around the NFL are now free to claim or potentially sign Hunt. He appeared in 11 games for Kansas City this season, recording 824 rushing yards (fifth in the NFL), 378 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns.

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