The Kansas City Chiefs are in the midst of a Super Bowl push. So it’s fair to say the last thing they needed was an off-the-field distraction.
Sadly one of their best players picked the worst possible time to put not just his season but maybe his career in jeopardy. Running back Kareem Hunt was the leading rusher in the NFL last season. This year he seems in line to go back to the Pro Bowl again. At least that was the case until video came out from TMZ that showed him on video beating and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel.
This is something that has been known for months. Initially there was no belief that Hunt would be suspended, but that’s because eye-witness accounts were the only thing available to the public. That has since changed. The video shows Hunt in an argument with a woman. He soon shoves her and she strikes back, hitting him in the face.
Hunt at that point lost his temper and knocked a friend into the woman as they both go crashing into a wall. Before he can be held back, he kicked the woman while she was down. It’s an ugly scene all around.
Kareem Hunt avoided charges due to lack of evidence
Police were aware of the incident and had the camera footage at the time. No charges were filed or arrests made because they were unable to determine if a crime had been committed. Friends of Hunt stated the woman became unruly after spending time in their hotel room and Hunt was trying to remove her when he called him the n-word. Then she struck one of his female friends and that’s when things escalated.
If the NFL saw the tape and didn’t punish Hunt, that seems highly questionable. If the league didn’t get access to the tape, that also seems highly questionable for a league that was stung by similar issues in the Ray Rice investigation. The former Ravens running back never played another down in the NFL after video caught him smacking around his girlfriend.
Will the league be forced to act against Hunt in order to save face? Either way, it’s bad, bad timing for the Chiefs who can’t afford this distraction.