Patrick Mahomes addressed former teammate Kareem Hunt on Sunday, following the Chiefs’ first game without the star running back, who was released Friday after a video surfaced of the 23-year-old attacking a woman in Cleveland.
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“I saw the stuff that happened. We don’t do those things,” said Kansas City’s quarterback, according to ESPN, following the team’s 40-33 win over the Oakland Raiders.
Hunt broke his silence Sunday, detailing the February incident to ESPN’s Lisa Salters.
“It was just a long night,” he said. “To be exact, it don’t really matter what happened. I was in the wrong. I could have took responsibility and made the right decision to find a way to de-escalate the situation.”
Both Hunt and Mahomes were drafted by the Chiefs in 2017. Their working relationship abruptly ended Friday, two days before Kansas City battled Oakland.
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“It was a little bit of shock, with the things going on. It came at us pretty fast here. But life moves fast, and it doesn’t wait for anybody,” said receiver Chris Conley. “I’ve reached out to him, hoping that he gets the help that he needs and that he can grow as a man, and really, the focus is on Kareem as a person, not the football player right now.”
With the NFL currently investigating an alleged second incident involving Hunt, coach Andy Reid stated he doesn’t want the outside noise infecting the locker room.
“Those kinds of things are never easy,” he noted. “I don’t want to get anything to distract from how tough a place this is to play [and] my locker room leadership overcoming the situation we had there, which can be a distraction, and [they] stepped up today in a place that we haven’t always come out with this kind of result.”
The Chiefs replaced Hunt with veteran Spencer Ware, who was drafted by the Seahawks in the sixth round back in 2013.