The Kansas City Chiefs have released 23-year-old running back, Kareem Hunt, after video surfaced of him attacking a woman in a Cleveland hotel earlier in the year. Hunt's friends told police that the woman, identified as 19-year-old Abigail Ottinger, became physical and called them the n-word after she was asked to leave his hotel room.
“Earlier this year, we were made aware of an incident involving running back Kareem Hunt At that time, the National Football League and law enforcement initiated investigations into the issue,” the Chiefs said in a statement Friday (Nov. 30). “As part of our internal discussions with Kareem, several members of our management team spoke directly to him. Kareem was not truthful in those discussions. The video released today confirms that fact. We are releasing Kareem immediately.”
Hunt issued a statement apologizing for his actions. "I deeply regret what I did," he said. "I hope to move on from this."
Statement from former Chiefs’ RB Kareem Hunt to ESPN: “I want to apologize for my actions. I deeply regret what I did. I hope to move on from this.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 1, 2018
The surveillance footage, posted by TMZ Sports early Friday, was recorded on February 10 and shows the 23-year-old athlete bum-rushing and kicking Ottinger.
In the video, Ottinger is seen swinging at Hunt who then attacks her as friends try to hold him back. According to a police report, Ottinger and her friend were invited to Hunt’s room by one of his friends. Hunt asked the women to leave after he found out that they weren’t old enough to drink.
One of Hunt’s friends gave Ottinger money for a cab but she refused to leave the building and repeatedly banged on Hunt’s door for “20 minutes.” Ottinger is also accused of physically attacking one of Hunt’s female friends who stepped in to mediate.
The surveillance video goes on to show Hunt shoving a friend into Ottinger and knocking her to the ground. Hunt appears to kick her just as she tries to get back up. Ottinger was removed by security while police were called to the scene. Upon being interviewed while still in the building, Ottinger told authorities that Hunt assaulted her and that they had just met earlier that day.
Ottinger also made reference to the incident being captured on surveillance camera.
Hunt was not arrested at the time, as authorities could not determine that a crime had been committed. They later obtained the surveillance footage and submitted it to prosecutors over the case, TMZ reports. It's unclear exactly when the NFL became aware of the recording.
Hunt was drafted to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017. He was sent home early from practice on Friday, prior to being officially released from the team.
See the video of the incident below.
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