Within hours of TMZ releasing damning surveillance footage that appeared to show him assaulting a woman in a Cleveland hotel, the Kansas City Chiefs confirmed that Pro-Bowl running back Kareem Hunt has been cut from the team's 53-man roster.
Sports Illustrated reports that Hunt's release from the team concluded an afternoon of gradual developments that saw him get sent home from the Chiefs' practice facility and later placed on the Commissioner's Exempt list as a result of the violence displayed in the recording. Through the 11 games Kansas City has played this season, Pro Football Reference had Hunt scoring 14 total touchdowns and rushing for 824 yards on his way to replicating the stellar Rookie of the Year campaign he put in the books in 2017. But the Toledo alum's Pro-Bowl caliber play ultimately wouldn't be enough to keep the organization from cutting him, on principle.
"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," CBS Sports quotes a statement that was eventually released by the organization as saying. "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."