The NFL told the Chiefs to stop trying to obtain video of running back Kareem Hunt allegedly assaulting a 19-year-old in a hotel in Cleveland in February, sources claim.
Additionally, the league did not interview Hunt or the woman he allegedly assaulted when it investigated the offseason incident, according to an ESPN report.
The Kansas City Chiefs released Hunt shortly after the league announced he had been placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list following the release of surveillance video of the incident.
The Chiefs sent Hunt home from the facility on Friday after learning the video had been released.
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Kareem Hunt was kicked off the Chiefs after video was revealed of an incident in which he allegedly assaulted a woman in February
The NFL were reportedly aware of the surveillance footage but ordered the Chiefs to stop trying to obtain it after they opened up their own investigation.
Sources in the NFL said that the hotel told them they only surrender video to law enforcement. Meanwhile law enforcement didn’t get the video because they only want the video when a felony has been committed, according to NBC Sports.
According to the ESPN report, the league never sought an interview with Hunt after multiple witnesses said he was not involved in the February incident.
The league reportedly did reach out to the woman on multiple occasions, but was rebuffed.
In a statement released to DailyMail.com, the NFL says their ‘investigation began immediately following the incident in February. Consistent with standard investigatory practices, the NFL continues to pursue a complete understanding of the facts.’
‘The NFL’s ongoing investigation will include further attempts to speak to the complainants involved in the incident. It will include a review of the new information that was made public on Friday – which was not available to the NFL previously – as well as further conversations with all parties involved in the incident,’ the league’s statement concluded.
The NFL told the Chiefs to not pursue obtaining the video of the attack that began as an argument the hotel hallway in February at around 3.22am
After his friends are unable to hold him back he sends both a friend and Ottinger flying into a wall
The video shows Hunt kicking a then-19-year-old Abigail Ottinger as she tries to get back up
Hunt’s friends appeared to be trying to hold him back several times in the video
The incident occurred at The Metropolitan at 3.22am on February 10, and involved then-19-year-old Abigail Ottinger from Berea, Ohio.
In the video, originally posted on TMZ, Hunt appears to come around a corner outside his rented room to confront Ottinger with a hard shove. The woman hits him in the face and Hunt becomes enraged.
Hunt’s entourage comes to help and attempts to hold him back. At one point, Hunt sends one of his friends and the woman flying into a wall.
Ottinger was on the ground appearing dazed and started to get up. Hunt saw her and delivered a kick to knock her back on the ground.
According to TMZ, law enforcement obtained the video from the hotel. Prosecutors reviewed the footage and decided not to file charges.
Ottinger, who reportedly attends Kent State, told police that the incident started because she refused to have sex with a member of Hunt’s entourage.
Members of the entourage told police Ottinger called Hunt the N-word and physically hit a female member of the entourage.
Hunt’s placement on the exempt list is essentially an indefinite suspension, as he is not allowed to practice or play for any team until further notice.
In an interview with ESPN on Sunday, Hunt insisted that he wasn’t that ‘type of person’ and begged for forgiveness after his career went up in flames.
During an interview with ESPN on Sunday, Hunt said he was embarrassed and that he is asking for forgiveness
The 23-year-old was released from the Chiefs just hours after the footage of the violent encounter emerged on Friday.
‘I just want to let the world know how sorry I am for my actions. It’s been a tough time for me and I’m extremely embarrassed from the video,’ Hunt said.
‘I’m definitely not that type of person. My mother raised me right.
‘I’m asking for forgiveness. I believe I deserve forgiveness. I know it’s going to be hard. I’m not going to let this bring me down.’
Hunt is from the Cleveland suburb of Willoughby and spends a significant part of his offseason in the area. He played college football at Toledo.
Hunt rushed for 1,327 yards as a rookie with the Chiefs last season. He has 824 yards through 11 games this season.