Just When You Thought The NFL Was For Suuure Beginning To Figure Out How To Discipline Domestic Violence, A 10 Month Old Video Of Kareem Hunt Assaulting A Woman In A Hotel Leaked
TMZ- TMZ has obtained video of Kansas City Chiefs star running back Kareem Hunt shoving, bull-rushing and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel back in February.
Kareem has not missed a single game this season despite the incident happening MONTHS before the 2018 NFL season kicked off ... and team CEO Clark publicly stated in August he doubted Hunt would be suspended.
In the video, Hunt is seen arguing with a 19-year-old woman outside of his room at The Metropolitan at the 9 at 3:22 AM on February 10, 2018.
Hunt turns a corner and confronts the woman, shoving her hard. The woman strikes him back in the face ... and that's when Hunt goes berserk.
As friends try to hold him back, the 2017 Pro Bowler -- who led the league in rushing yards -- explodes and knocks one of his friends into the woman ... who both go flying into a wall.
Both Kareem's male friend and the woman appear dazed -- but Kareem makes his way over to the female and kicks her while she's crouching on the ground ... knocking her over.
Police were called to the scene but no arrests were made. According to police reports, obtained by TMZ Sports, surveillance video from the hotel was obtained by law enforcement. We're told that video is part of the evidence that was submitted to prosecutors.
Look, the video is bad. Anytime a man places his hands (or feet) on a woman in an extremely irate and aggressive manner it's bound to be, never mind when said man happens to be the type of physical specimen that's able to absorb skull-crunching blows from behemoths who are twice his size on a weekly basis and said woman is a clearly intoxicated 19-year old.
That said, the fact that we're just seeing/hearing about it now, might be close to as bad. I don't know that the cover-up can ever actually be worse than the crime when the crime is literally kicking a member of the fairer sex when she's down. However, the "cover-up" (which seems like it was just the Chiefs and the NFL closing their eyes and screaming "LA-LA-LA-LA" loud enough to block out the noise) sure makes a whole hell of a lot more people complicit in doing whatever it takes to guarantee a 23-year old superstar in a prominent position for a powerhouse team stay on the field where he won the rushing title as a rookie...
My beef should really reside solely with Kareem Hunt, who (from what I can infer without audio) lost his damn mind in response to what looked to be an intentional antagonization, but instead I'm left fuming at how - nearly 5 full years later - absolutely nothing has been learned from the Ray Rice disaster.
To be clear, I don't think this was nearly as bad as the Ray Rice incident, nor do I think anyone is still naive enough to believe that the NFL actually gives all that much of a shit about their players being involved in violent disputes with other men, women, or fucking endangered species for that matter. Still, to know video evidence exists and have your plan of disciplining/dealing with the situation be nothing more than keeping one eye open while crossing your fingers and hoping on blind hope that it magically disappears was sheer stupidity at its finest...the first time they tried to put it into action.
UPDATE: Wouldn't surprise me in the least if the following were true, as evidenced by my use of "intentional antagonization" above. Can't imagine Kareem Hunt lost his damn mind without reason. That reason obviously doesn't excuse his actions (or the NFL's lack of action), of course, but it seems like we might have what could, extremely forgivingly, be considered an unsympathetic (Also see: Shitty) victim on our hands...