Kareem Hunt said he was “in the wrong” during an incident in which he shoved and kicked a woman in the hallway at his Cleveland residence.
“It was just a long night,” Hunt told ESPN’s Lisa Salters of what happened in February. “To be exact, it don’t really matter what happened. I was in the wrong. I could have took responsibility and made the right decision to find a way to de-escalate the situation.”
Hunt apologized to the woman in the video, the Chiefs organization and his family.
Hunt said that if he got the chance to speak to the woman in the video again, he would say, “I am sorry for my actions that night.”
The Kansas City Chiefs announced they were cutting Hunt on Friday, after video of the assault was published by TMZ. In the video, Hunt and the woman trade words in a hallway and are separated by several people on multiple occasions. Hunt pushes the woman, who responds by hitting him in the face. Two men escort Hunt down a hallway before he charges out, colliding with a man who then knocks the woman over. Hunt also kicks the woman in the leg.
The Chiefs said Hunt was not truthful in his discussions with the team about what happened, leading to the decision to part ways with him.
Hunt confirmed that.
“I didn’t tell them everything,” Hunt said. “I don’t blame them for anything. My actions caused this.”
After the video was released and shortly before the Chiefs’ announcement, Hunt was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list by the NFL.
“The Chiefs did what was right,” Hunt said.
Hunt said the NFL never questioned him about the assault or asked him to talk about it.
A number of NFL owners “are irate” that the league’s legal and investigations department did not interview Hunt regarding the February assault, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Sources told Schefter and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that the NFL did not interview the woman in its investigation.
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