Now there’s a third incident Kareem Hunt will have to explain to prospective teams and perhaps the NFL.
The former star Chiefs running back, who was cut and cleared waivers following Friday’s publication of video showing him shoving and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel in February, is at the center of another, less-definitive nightclub altercation, this one taking place in January in Kansas City, in which a man alleges Hunt was among a group who beat him up.
TMZ obtained video of the incident, which shows Hunt being restrained by a security guard as a crowd is gathered around. TMZ reports these are the moments following the alleged fight, in which a 37-year-old man says he had to be hospitalized with a broken rib and broken nose. He filed a police report, but cops reportedly said the victim eventually stopped cooperating. No charges were filed.
Chronologically, this was actually the first (known) Hunt altercation of the calendar year, taking place in the hours after the Chiefs’ Jan. 6 playoff loss to the Titans. A month later, Hunt attacked a woman in video that is now public, resulting in his being placed on the Commissioner Exempt List.
There is also a third incident, from June, that the NFL is investigating, in which the 23-year-old is accused of punching a man in the face at an Ohio resort.
Hunt has only responded publicly to the Cleveland altercation, apologizing both to the victim and to the Chiefs.
“I just want to let the world know how sorry I am for my actions,” Hunt told ESPN on Sunday. “It’s been a tough time for me and I’m extremely embarrassed about that video.”
After the reigning NFL rushing leader cleared waivers Monday, it became evident he would not play again this season. The question is whether next year is a possibility.
“I hope so,” Hunt told ESPN Sunday about the possibility of returning to the field. “I’ve worked for this my whole entire life. I’ve gave everything and sacrificed so much for this. … If I get another shot at this, the team won’t regret it.”