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RB Hunt goes unclaimed on waivers


Reuters
Updated: 04-12-2018 12:01 IST

Kareem Hunt went unclaimed on waivers Monday and is officially a free agent.

Hunt, released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, was placed on the commissioner's exempt list and would not have been eligible to play if claimed before the 4 p.m. ET deadline Monday.

Not long before time ran out on waiver wire claims Monday, a new report was published by TMZ, alleging that Hunt and others -- including then-Chiefs running back George Atkinson -- beat a man to the point of unconsciousness at a nightclub in Kansas City on Jan. 11.

Hunt's unemployment was the result of a swift and shocking turn of events, necessitated when a video of Hunt shoving and kicking a woman emerged on Friday. While the Chiefs were previously aware of the incident, the team and Hunt have said there is no way the Chiefs could have known the actual details of the confrontation.

The incident occurred at The Metropolitan at 3:22 a.m. on Feb. 10, 2018, and involved then-19-year-old Abigail Ottinger from Berea, Ohio.

In the video, 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. He kicked the woman while she was on the ground.

In an interview with ESPN on Sunday, Hunt apologized and said the NFL never contacted him about the incident. However, Hunt admitted he was not truthful with the Chiefs when questioned about details of that night.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Monday night that the NFL is investigating both the Cleveland incident as well as alleged Kansas City nightclub incident.

Hunt, 23, is from the Cleveland suburb of Willoughby and spends a significant part of his offseason in the area. He played college football at Toledo and burst onto the scene as an undrafted rookie in 2017.

Hunt rushed for 1,327 yards as a rookie. He had 824 yards through 11 games this season.

The Chiefs promoted backup Spencer Ware to the starting job last week, and signed former reserve Charcandrick West on Monday.

--Field Level Media

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