Well, things sure did escalate quickly for halfback Kareem Hunt this afternoon. The short version of the story is that the Kansas City Chiefs are moving on. Friday evening, they would outright release Hunt from their organization — via ESPN’s Adam Schefter. You can read the team statement right here.
Statement from the Kansas City Chiefs on Kareem Hunt
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 1, 2018
But the longer version is a little more complicated than that. Friday afternoon, a video of Hunt shoving a woman at a hotel would surface via TMZ Sports.
Afterwards, the Chiefs would send him home via 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
As it turns out, lying to your organization about a serious matter is bad! But still, it *is* surprising that the Chiefs are just releasing Hunt. After all, professional teams all over the country usually do not care about these things. For instance, fellow (now former) teammate Tyreek Hill plead guilty to domestic abuse in 2015. But I guess he didn’t lie about it to the team, which apparently makes it…okay?
What we’re saying is this: it’s a big-time PR move. Not to be too cynical, but that’s what this is. From KC’s standpoint, there was no wiggle room. They had Hunt’s account of the story, and decided to keep him on the team throughout the season. With the video coming out, though, they couldn’t hide from that. They needed to make a decision — and here we are.
In 27 career games on the field, Hunt is averaging 4.7 yards per carry with 15 touchdowns on the ground. He’s also averaging 10.5 yards per reception en route to 833 and 10 more scores on 79 receptions. Even if it’s entirely a PR move, though, it’s still surprising. Know what won’t be, though? When another team snatches him up almost immediately.
The only question is which team will be the one to do it.