Kareem Hunt cut by Chiefs after video of him hitting woman is released


Kareem Hunt cut by Chiefs after video of him hitting woman is released

The Kansas City Chiefs are set to play the Raiders on Sunday without star running back Kareem Hunt. In fact, he won't represent them again.

The Chiefs released Hunt on Friday night after a video posted by TMZ went viral earlier that day. It shows the star running back shoving and then kicking a woman during a Feb. 10 incident at a Cleveland apartment hotel.

The Chiefs were aware of the altercation, which was reported by several media outlets, and team CEO Clark Hunt said this summer that he did not expect NFL discipline for Hunt.

That was before the video surfaced. The Chiefs reviewed it, and then took swift action.

“Earlier this year, we were made aware of an incident involving running back Kareem Hunt," the team said in a statement. "At that time, the National Football League and law enforcement initiated investigations into the issue. 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.”

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Hunt later released a statement, after the Chiefs cut him.

The NFL placed Hunt on the Commissioner's Exempt list just before he was cut, meaning he can't practice or play until an investigation into the matter is concluded. His placement on the Commissioner's Exempt list will remain if he is picked up on waivers or ever signed by another NFL team, but a suspension seems imminent. The league standard for domestic violence incidents, even without charges or convictions, is six games without pay.

"The NFL's investigation, which began immediately following the incident in February, will include a review of the new information that was made public today," the league said in a statement.

Multiple reports state that, despite attempts to do so, neither the Chiefs nor the NFL, prior to Friday, had seen a video that shows Hunt, a female victim and several others in an argument that spilled into a hallway. Things got physical at that point, after which Hunt shoved the woman, pushed another man into her and eventually kicked her while she was on the ground.

No charges were filed, and Hunt was not arrested after the incident, but two police reports were filed. TMZ also posted bodycam videos of the woman and Hunt offering different versions of what happened that night.

Hunt initially was at practice Friday, but ESPN reported the Chiefs sent the star running back home from the team facility shortly after the video appeared online.

The Raiders were on the practice field when the video spread, but they became aware of it once they reached the locker room.

Coach Jon Gruden didn’t want to speak about Hunt during his Friday media session.

“I don’t really have a comment. I haven’t seen anything,” Gruden said Friday around noon. “This is the first time I’ve really thought about it. I don’t want to say anything other than that.”

Spencer Ware will serve as Kansas City’s primary rusher in Hunt's absence.

Raiders' Derek Carr just trolling with Khalil Mack post, David Carr says

Raiders' Derek Carr just trolling with Khalil Mack post, David Carr says

It's been another offseason of rumors for Derek Carr.

Despite a solid 2019 campaign in Year 2 under Jon Gruden, whispers of the Raiders' interest in other quarterbacks, notably Tom Brady, have been circulating since the season ended. There also have been rumors the Silver and Black could look to trade Carr this offseason. Carr sent shockwaves of his own across social media earlier this week when he posted a photo of himself and former teammate Khalil Mack on Instagram, sparking speculation he could be headed to the Chicago Bears.

But, according to Carr's brother David, he was just having a little fun with the offseason rumor mill.

“His son’s favorite movie is Trolls. He’s just having fun. It’s the offseason,” David Carr said on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access."

While Derek Carr is used to questions about his job security being a topic of conversation, it appears the veteran quarterback is enjoying stoking the trade flames himself for once. 

But he might also be sending a message to the Raiders that other teams would love for him to be their starting quarterback if they don't.

The Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and others have been mentioned as possible landing spots for Derek Carr if he is traded. 

As for the Raiders' offseason plans at quarterback, it feels like the smart money is on Carr entering the season as the starter. While the Brady rumors have taken up all the oxygen, it feels like a stretch to suggest that the six-time Super Bowl champion would leave the New England Patriots at this point in his career. Of course, if Brady wants to wear silver and black, the Raiders have to make that happen.

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It seems likely Carr will take the first snap for the Raiders in Las Vegas with a free-agent acquisition occupying the backup role and looking to take over should Carr not take the next step head coach Jon Gruden wants to see.

If more rumors continue to pop up, don't be surprised to see Carr take to social media with another cryptic post.

Jon Gruden announces Raiders' minicamp will be in Las Vegas, not Alameda

Jon Gruden announces Raiders' minicamp will be in Las Vegas, not Alameda

The Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas is ramping up.

Head coach Jon Gruden announced Saturday before Tyson Fury's win over Deontay Wilder in a heavyweight fight that the Silver and Black would host their mandatory minicamp at their new home in Sin City.

“If we can let everyone in, we will,” Gruden said on the big screen at the fight, via The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

It is unclear whether or not the Raiders will hold the event in Las Vegas or at the team's facility in Henderson, Nev., although the latter seems more likely.

The Raiders are expected to host their training camp in Napa next summer before shifting football operations to Nevada full time.

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Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock face another important offseason as they look to continue the upward trajectory from last season.

The Raiders started Phase 1 of Gruden's rebuild last offseason. They had a historically successful draft class led by running back Josh Jacobs, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and defensive end Maxx Crosby

It will be imperative for Gruden and Mayock to hit on their draft picks again. The Raiders have the No. 12 and No. 19 picks in the first round. With a deep class of young wide receivers, the Silver and Black could greatly improve their offense if they call the right names in April when the draft will be held in April. 

With over $50 million in salary cap room, the Raiders also must navigate free agency successfully. There are a number of players they could pursue, including Tom Brady, but they must hit on their free-agent signings in order to make another leap up the AFC West ladder.