UPDATE: Tuesday, 5:42 p.m. Arrowhead Time
The Kansas City Star reports the NFL didn’t “formally” seek records until the Kareem Hunt video was published by TMZ Sports on Friday. The Chiefs never did.
NFL didn’t formally seek records until Kareem Hunt video published; Chiefs never did https://t.co/4bTS46PrUO— Sports Daily KC (@SportsDailyKC) December 4, 2018
UPDATE: Monday, 3:40 p.m. Arrowhead Time
A report of a third offseason incident involving Kareem Hunt, this one from January at Mosaic Nightclub in Kansas City, has emerged. The report also involved former Chiefs running back George Atkinson, who was cut in April.
Kareem Hunt Was Accused of Violent Nightclub Attack In January https://t.co/1kRLEpajpq— TMZ (@TMZ) December 3, 2018
BREAKING: New details on a police report involving former Chief Kareem Hunt at Mosaic Nightclub— Matt Flener KMBC (@MattFlenerKMBC) December 3, 2018
in Kansas City from January. A victim claims Kareem Hunt was one of many suspects that kicked him. @kmbc pic.twitter.com/l15y8LZImB
UPDATE: Monday, 4:14 p.m. Arrowhead Time
Hunt is officially a free agent, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Source: Former #Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt was officially unclaimed off waivers. He’s a free agent.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 3, 2018
UPDATE: Monday, 3:20 p.m. Arrowhead Time
It looks like no team has claimed former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Twenty minutes past the deadline to put waiver claims in and it doesn’t sound like anyone put in for #Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt. Several teams considered it, but those teams elected not to put in a claim. If this holds, Hunt will be a free agent.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 3, 2018
UPDATE: Sunday evening, after the Chiefs’ 40-33 win over the Oakland Raiders.
ANDY REID: “I know you’re probably going to have some questions about Kareem [Hunt], so I’m going to help you forget about those questions right quick. Listen, we made the decision that we made. We put out a statement to explain that situation. And as we’ve done in the past when things come up, that’s where we go. We handle it within and we handle it with the person that has been affected, so we’ve done all of those things and I’ll leave it with you with that. I don’t want to get away or anything to distract from how tough a place this is to play. The guys, my locker room leadership overcoming the situation that we had there, which can be a distraction, handled it the right way and stepped up today in a place that we haven’t always come out with this kind of result, so I’m proud of the guys in the locker room and the coaches for doing that.”
UPDATE: Sunday, 10:31 a.m. Arrowhead Time
ESPN Insider Adam Schefter reports that multiple league executives expect Hunt to go unclaimed on waivers.
Multiple league executives expect former Chiefs’ RB Kareem Hunt to go unclaimed on waivers:https://t.co/1eOEDwCjxK— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 2, 2018
UPDATE: Sunday, 10 a.m. Arrowhead Time
Hunt sits down with ESPN’s Lisa Salters on Sunday NFL Countdown.
UPDATE: Sunday, 5:14 a.m. Arrowhead Time
Hunt is facing more than a six-game suspension, according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Ex-#Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt is facing more than a 6-game suspension, sources say. The NFL is expected to discipline him for two separate incidents and he may not play again until deep into next season — assuming someone signs him.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 2, 2018
My story: https://t.co/8uwwhZNcKC
UPDATE: Saturday, 7:13 p.m. Arrowhead Time
The Athletic’s Nate Taylor recounts what happened at Arrowhead Stadium on Friday. Per Taylor, the Chiefs told Hunt he would never play in a Chiefs uniform again, but they are doing what they can to ensure has an opportunity to remain in the league moving forward.
New story. “It really felt like a funeral." In releasing Kareem Hunt, the Chiefs vow to help him remain in NFL if he makes the necessary changes.https://t.co/KGWLRjlEoF— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) December 2, 2018
UPDATE: Saturday, 5:17 p.m. Arrowhead Time
ESPN Insider Adam Schefter announces Hunt will appear on NFL Countdown on Sunday at 10 a.m. Arrowhead Time.
On ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, former Chiefs’ RB Kareem Hunt will be interviewed live at 11 am ET by @saltersl. Show starts at special time 9 am ET.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 1, 2018
UPDATE: Saturday, 12:22 p.m. Arrowhead Time
Sports Illustrated reported Under Armour has “parted ways” with Hunt.
Under Armour has reportedly “parted ways” with Kareem Hunt https://t.co/iFrDPjiSfu— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 1, 2018
UPDATE: Friday, 7:52 p.m. Arrowhead Time
The Kansas City Chiefs have released Kareem Hunt.
UPDATE: Friday, 7:35 p.m. Arrowhead Time
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport is reporting neither the Chiefs nor the NFL had seen the video before it was published by TMZ Sports earlier Friday.
Neither the NFL, nor the #Chiefs, had seen the video before it was published today. I’m told the league made several attempts to obtain it. The hotel said it was corporate policy to only turn it over to law enforcement. Cleveland PD would not provide it to the league.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 1, 2018
While no charges were filed by the Cleveland PD, the NFL had continued its investigation which included contacting the alleged victims. They did not respond to multiple messages, sources say.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 1, 2018
UPDATE: Friday, 7:20 p.m. Arrowhead Time
Rapoport confirmed the Associated Press’ earlier report, saying that Hunt has been placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. Rapoport adds that the league has begun an investigation into the February incident.
#Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, which takes him off the field going forward following a video of him pushing and kicking a woman being released by TMZ.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 1, 2018
More on #Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt: The NFL has begun an investigation following the incident in February, including a review of the new information that was made public today.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 1, 2018
UPDATE: Friday, 5:18 p.m. Arrowhead Time
A source has told the Associated Press that Hunt appears to be headed to the league’s Commissioner Exempt List.
AP Source: Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt appears headed to the NFL's Commissioner Exempt List, sidelining him while the league investigates a video of Hunt striking a woman in February. @APdaveskretta https://t.co/cJStnUaZVO pic.twitter.com/k6bn8cjQCy— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) November 30, 2018
UPDATE: Friday, 3:28 p.m. Arrowhead Time
Hunt has been sent home by the team, per ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
I am told the Chiefs sent Kareem Hunt home from the facility today upon learning of the release of the video and pending further action. Most likely short-term resolution is that Hunt would be placed on the commissioner's exempt list pending a final decision, but we will see.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) November 30, 2018
Reports of the incident emerged in February, via Cleveland.com:
A Middleburg Heights woman told police that Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt “shoved and pushed” her in a weekend dispute at The Metropolitan at the 9 in downtown Cleveland, according to a police report.
According to the report, Hunt was never arrested or charged for the incident.
Back in early August, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said he did not anticipate the league would suspend Kareem, but as we have seen with these situations in the past, video providing visible evidence of wrongdoing can change that.
The belief among reporters is that the Chiefs found out about the video when TMZ Sports released it. They have yet to release a statement.