Video published Friday shows Kansas City Chiefs star running back Kareem Hunt getting into a physical altercation with a woman in which he shoves her, charges at her, and kicks her in the hallway of a Cleveland apartment building.
The incident took place Feb. 10, according to police reports obtained by USA TODAY Sports. The video, published by TMZ, appears to be security footage from inside the apartment building. Hunt was not charged.
Hunt can be seen approaching the woman and engaging in a verbal argument before shoving her back with his right hand. Another man tries to restrain Hunt, while the woman approaches him and swats at Hunt’s face, making contact.
The video then shows multiple people restraining Hunt as he tries to free himself and charge toward her. Then, after the situation appeared to be diffused, another man restrains the woman before Hunt barrels through the hallway, knocking into the man and the woman, sending them tumbling to the ground.
After being knocked to the ground, the woman appears to be disoriented and tries to collect herself. While she is kneeling near the ground, Hunt walks over and kicking her with his right foot.
Police responded to the luxury apartment and hotel building after a woman told 911 operators she was assaulted. Once on the scene, police interviewed two of the alleged victims, one stating that she had been assaulted “by a player” after the two were asked to leave the apartment belonging to Hunt,” according to the police reports obtained.
“Kareem, is his name,” one of the alleged victims told police in bodycam footage obtained by TMZ. “I just met him today. He shoved me. He pushed me. … Kareem, the person who assaulted me, had my phone. I had no way of calling (police).”
Rayshawn Watkins, Hunt’s friend, friend told police that the accuser began calling both him and Hunt the “N-word” after the two were asked to leave the room once they found out both women were 19 years old. The two then pounded on the door of the apartment “about 20 times,” Watkins told police.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Ryan Miday told USA TODAY Sports that the office – which typically only handles felony cases – is not currently pursuing charges against Hunt. A search of the Cleveland Municipal Court online database does not show any pending case involving Hunt.
Hunt was excused from practice and sent home by the team after the video was released Friday, according to ESPN, citing sources.
Hunt has not missed any games and has been an integral part of Kansas City’s success, rushing the ball 181 times for 824 yards and seven touchdowns, while adding 26 catches for 378 yards and seven more receiving scores.
During training camp in August, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt addressed the incident
“The team’s made up of a bunch of young men,” Hunt said Aug. 4, according to the Kansas City Star. “They’re not always going to make the best decisions, but we have a strong support system, both with the coaching staff and also with our player development department that works with young guys and talks to them about the situations that they want to be in.
“Kareem is a young man, second year in the league, obviously had a very big year on the field last year. I’m sure he learned some lessons this offseason and hopefully won’t be in those kind of situations in the future.”
Clark Hunt later added that he didn’t expect the running back to be suspended.
According to the Star, Kareem Hunt said at the time of the incident: “I’ve learned from it and I’m focused on football.”
When questioned further, he offered little more.
“Just be in the right place at the right time,” Hunt said. “I’m going to keep thinking about football and go out there and do my job.”
Cleveland police spokesperson Jennifer Ciaccia told USA TODAY Sports in email that “city did not release surveillance video” TMZ posted. Ciaccia did not immediately respond when asked if police viewed the footage before Friday.
Messages left with the NFL, Chiefs and the agency that represents Hunt have also not been returned.
Domestic violence came to the forefront in the NFL in 2014 when video obtained by TMZ showed former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée in an elevator in an Atlantic City hotel in February.
The NFL suspended Rice for two games in June 2014. However the league was criticized for the light penalty after the video became public in September. Commissioner Roger Goodell then announced that Rice would be suspended indefinitely.
Rice later appealed, and then won, vacating the lengthier suspension. He was cut by the Ravens and never played in the NFL again.