Commissioner Exempt list was the only practical option for Kareem Hunt

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Never mind the fact that the NFL knew or should have known about the contents of the TMZ video that emerged out of the blue on Friday afternoon. The rest of us didn’t, and once we did the NFL had to act.

And the NFL did the only thing it could, placing Hunt on paid leave (via the Commissioner Exempt list) pending the completion of the league’s investigation and disciplinary process.

With a sudden urgency to keep Hunt off the field given the P.R. firestorm that emerged after the publication of the video, only days after Washington committed a blatant unforced error by making a waivers claim for linebacker Reuben Foster, the NFL couldn’t have suspended Hunt without pay, because the process of imposing discipline and resolving all appeals under the Personal Conduct Policy would have taken more than two days.

So Hunt will be paid to not play until further notice, with a Personal Conduct Policy review followed by a proposed punishment followed by an appeal. Which could mean that, with only 30 days left in the regular season, Hunt likely will miss most of the remainder of the regular season and postseason, depending on the number of games he’s suspended without pay.

The swift action, compelled only by the public emergence of the video and nothing more, does nothing to answer the deeper questions of whether the NFL and/or the Chiefs knew about the video and, if so, why Hunt wasn’t previously suspended. Those dominos can fall in a variety of directions, with a broad range of potential consequences.

57 responses to “Commissioner Exempt list was the only practical option for Kareem Hunt

  1. The Cheifs have never been able to keep it going down the stretch, always some excuse for the quick playoff exit.

  2. A few things…

    The NFL should seriously consider revising their player conduct policy to say “we will wait until the conclusion of all formal law enforcement investigation and/or court judgements” before making a decision on discipline.

    The NFL and Chiefs knew about the incident. They knew of the potential existence of a video. But they chose to try to keep it quiet.

    They need to hire TMZ to investigate players. They seem to be the only entity capable of acquiring evidence.

    And to think, they suspended Zeke even after the NFL lead investigator recommended no suspension.

  3. While the video looks bad for Hunt, was there audio, because something tells me there is more to this if she didn’t press charges or sue.

  4. Why should the NFL have known? There were no chargers filed. The cops didn’t see it as anything. The woman apparently did not pursue anything. Hunt would be under no obligation to tell the league about this. So why would anybody outside those involved know about this incident?

  5. The way they should fall is the same way they fell for Ray Rice. Young and dumb does not cut it, is no excuse. He has trouble controlling himself and his anger. His privilege of the adulation of his adoring fans, notwithstanding, is just that….a privilege. He has no right to a second chance in the NFL.

    NFL should stand for NOT FOR LONG when you brutalize another human being not on a football field.

  6. So the team gets punished by losing his services, but the player keeps getting paid for sitting at home and munching on popcorn watching his team mates play.
    Yeah, that’s what I call fair.

  7. While the video looks bad for Hunt, was there audio, because something tells me there is more to this if she didn’t press charges or sue.
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    Hunts bois took the phone, deleted her video and the cops just wanted autographs so there was no way for her to press charges. Now civil suit is coming I bet

  8. Cut him. Regardless if provoked these guys should get it by now to never get yourself in a situation like that. Never.

  9. Coupon Email says:
    November 30, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    They need to hire TMZ to investigate players. They seem to be the only entity capable of acquiring evidence.
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    My guess is that TMZ is more comfortable bribing low level hotel security guards than the NFL is.

  10. I’ve seen some ‘there must be more to the story.’ As in what might justify Hunts actions.
    What can justify kicking a woman as he does while she is kneeling at a distance from you, and your friends are pulling you away?

    The early part maybe….maybe…. the kick? Can’t come up with anything.

  11. No excuses…Zeke got 6 games for not much compared to this…just sayin…the nfl hates when they get em-bare-assed…

  12. Coupon Email says:
    November 30, 2018 at 7:21 pm
    A few things…

    The NFL should seriously consider revising their player conduct policy to say “we will wait until the conclusion of all formal law enforcement investigation and/or court judgements” before making a decision on discipline.
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    The league wasn’t waiting for the investigation to conclude though. The league was waiting for all information to be made public. They’re not going to punish Kareem based on evidence, they’ll punish him according to public outrage. They had to wait and see if the video would be released.

    Punishing him before the public sees this video would risk public outrage over giving Kareem too lenient of a sentence, which already happened in the Ray Rice case.

  13. While the video looks bad for Hunt, was there audio, because something tells me there is more to this if she didn’t press charges or sue.
    ____________________
    Was there audio for the Zapruder film?

  14. A few things…

    The NFL should seriously consider revising their player conduct policy to say “we will wait until the conclusion of all formal law enforcement investigation and/or court judgements” before making a decision on discipline.
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    If you’re a PRO ATHLETE on video beating a woman you should be kicked from the league. No exempt list where he still gets paid. Go after his signing bonus and rip up his contract.

    No matter how good you are, it’s a privilege to play for the NFL and not a right.

  15. By saying under no circumstances should a man ever hit a woman….isn’t that just suppressing equality. Humans verbally abusing eachother raises tempers no matter who’s behind the voice. Last I checked there is a push to make everything 50/50 acrossed all issues yet this whole can’t hit a woman thing keeps coming up.

  16. Reminds me of that time 10 years ago when the Giants were 12-1 and then Plaxico shot himself and de-railed the season.

  17. Drunk girl goes to party, gets kicked out for being too young, gets mad, at Hunts house, has a fit, Hunt steps in, she spots on him, hits him, drops n-bombs. She’s knocked down from being between Hunts friend after she pushes him, Hunt nudges her with his leg. Cops show up, no charges…

    10 months later, Hunt loses career… Media’s trial by public opinion, by only giving us what they want us to believe, is disgusting.

    That all said… Hunt should’ve stayed in his apartment.

  18. Jackedupboonie says
    y saying under no circumstances should a man ever hit a woman….isn’t that just suppressing equality. Humans verbally abusing eachother raises tempers no matter who’s behind the voice. Last I checked there is a push to make everything 50/50 acrossed all issues yet this whole can’t hit a woman thing keeps coming up
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    A pro athlete beating on anyone isn’t a equality issue. Tyson beating up Joe nobody on the street would be just as bad

  19. We completely agree with a paid leave of absence as his “punishment”……

    Regards,
    The OJ Jury

  20. While the video looks bad for Hunt, was there audio, because something tells me there is more to this if she didn’t press charges or sue.

    Exactly what audio would convince you this guy isn’t a total dirtbag?

  21. Due process should be observed. Unless a player has been convicted of a crime, he should not be suspended without pay. It is just not fair. When a policeman shoots a suspect, he gets administrative (paid) leave. If a player has to be sent home without being convicted, he should be paid his regular salary.

  22. Last I checked there is a push to make everything 50/50 acrossed all issues yet this whole can’t hit a woman thing keeps coming up.

    YOU SHOULDN’T BE HITTING ANYONE

  23. rrhoe says:
    November 30, 2018 at 7:22 pm
    While the video looks bad for Hunt, was there audio, because something tells me there is more to this if she didn’t press charges or sue.
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    Alleged victims don’t press charges, DA’s do.

  24. jackedupboonie says:
    November 30, 2018 at 7:39 pm
    By saying under no circumstances should a man ever hit a woman….isn’t that just suppressing equality. Humans verbally abusing eachother raises tempers no matter who’s behind the voice. Last I checked there is a push to make everything 50/50 acrossed all issues yet this whole can’t hit a woman thing keeps coming up.
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    Because of holier than thou types who refuse to believe a woman could EVER be an aggressor in a situation with a man, and even when they see it, think a man should not take action. That type of thinking gets people in trouble needlessly.

  25. So, the players who kneel for the anthem are protesting injustice by police officers? Are any players going to start protesting other players abusing women?

  26. Why should the NFL have known? There were no chargers filed. The cops didn’t see it as anything. The woman apparently did not pursue anything. Hunt would be under no obligation to tell the league about this. So why would anybody outside those involved know about this incident?
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    Because the NFL and the Chiefs knew about the incident. It was widely reported and it seems they didn’t look too hard into the situation. Just because the cops dropped the ball it doesn’t mean the league should too. People get off of things all the time with money, it doesn’t make it right.

  27. It’s the only practical option why? Because that way he still gets paid? He’s kicking a woman while she’s on the floor. No zero tolerance? The cops didn’t arrest him for assault,and the NFL allowed him to carry on as usual. It seems like every time there is a DV incident,the NFL screws it up somehow. Video’s out now…we’d better send him home.

  28. Coupon Email says:
    November 30, 2018 at 7:21 pm
    …And to think, they suspended Zeke even after the NFL lead investigator recommended no suspension.
    —————————
    The reason for that emerged a tad later – it turns out that the phone logs* and electronic media that Zeke handed over for his defense had been heavily redacted by Zeke removing all communication with the woman. Plus it wasn’t just that incident but the breast exposing one. A prior issue (he’d been previously let off) of openly buying drugs in Seattle hours before a preseasoner there may have been reconsidered too.
    [*note Zeke’s phone logs were accepted in lieu of his phone, which is exactly what Brady offered but was denied. Jerrah proclaimed Brady was guilty for no phone, but claimed Zeke was innocent because of those logs].

  29. How about the Chiefs and that reprobate Andy Reid grow a spine and cut him alomg with Hill? But then the NFL would actually be putting action to,the ‘commercials’ and we know that’s not happening—ever.

  30. Inexcusable behavior by Hunt period. If that woman hits her head on the corner of the wall when she goes down, it becomes something out of a movie… Now I am interested in hearing how this was all covered up for 10 months. Did all witnesses including Hunt lie to the police about what happened and will they be charged by doing so? How did the police fail to get or act on this video? Seems like prosecutors could charge him without her cooperation now that there is video. And if KC and/or the NFL knew about it then it becomes a real big stinky….

  31. Of course they saw it, just as they saw the Rice video and the Hardy information. THEY DON’T CARE! Every time, it’s do nothing, hope it goes away, and then CYA time. Bull. THEY DON’T CARE or they’d have done something. They don’t care, guarantee you the fans don’t want him sitting, Doug Williams was expressing the NFL position perfectly by saying DV is small potatoes.

  32. Why shouldn’t the league know about the video? Easy, the person that took it wasn’t about to GIVE it to the league when they planned on SELLING the rights to it. They chose to sit on it to see whether someone would offer more than Hunts camp was offering. To all the “women want equality ” folks all I can say is that it’s sad that you were raised to believe that that means violence is OK. A gentleman, nay, a man, would’ve walked away instead of fighting through to get in a last kick.

  33. Funny how a selectively-shot & edited video clip makes people lose their rational capabilities.

    The backstory is these people were causing problems and unwelcome in his room, and he was trying to kick them out, and they refused to go, and physically & verbally insulted him, including use of the n-word (notice what looks like a sudden increase in anger in what started as a calmer moment).

    People are acting like he stalked & beat up a random woman on the street. This is a response to someone who had already assaulted and used hate speech against him, in the process of effectively trespassing.

  34. (My over-the-top conspiracy opinion)
    If/When they suspend him for the rest of the year and KC knew about it before now they should have to vacate all their wins so far!

  35. ‘By saying under no circumstances should a man ever hit a woman….isn’t that just suppressing equality. Humans verbally abusing each other raises tempers no matter who’s behind the voice. Last I checked there is a push to make everything 50/50 across all issues yet this whole can’t hit a woman thing keeps coming up.’

    Yeah, and another thing,,,,,

    What about this ‘women and children first’ thing when a ship is sinking? Isn’t that also suppressing equality too? If I get to the lifeboat first that should be all that matters.

  36. Does anyone really believe that the NFL has been seriously investigating this incident for NINE MONTHS, and today was the first time this video “surfaced”?

    Another NFL public relations spin maneuver….

  37. walker1191 says:
    November 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    My guess is that TMZ is more comfortable bribing low level hotel security guards than the NFL is.
    ==================================

    Its not a bribe. Its just “hey I want to buy that video you have for $, will you sell it to me? cool .. hear you go.”

  38. Obviously there’s more to the story. The first things I would ask for would be Kareem Hunt’s all time police records, and the police records of all the others who were present. Were they prostitutes and their pimp trying to extort money? Were they drug dealers? Certainly TMZ, with all their connections can come up with some police records of these folks. Do they have a history of extorting money? These are valid questions. I know some people hate Roger Goodell because Tom Brady got caught cheating, but let’s not all play dumb.

  39. Y’all need to calm down. things to think about, one she was asked to leave their room she refused then she was called him the N word yeah i would get pissed to. he pushed her and then his friends pulled him and and his kick was barley anything. also the cops investigated it already and found no foul play. This is why TMZ is trash

  40. Look at the patriots fan spewing absolute nonsense about the Zeke case and then quickly pivoting/making it about deflategate and how the patruots are the only team that has been wrongly accused or suffered unnecessary. I’m not mitigating what Goodell did in deflategate (he was wrong), but this article has nothing to do with any of that–in addition, to your ridiculous rational that somehow the league accepted redacted phone logs (not true), there were more than enough exchanged messages between both parties that were even made public and the police report fully corroborated Zeke’s version that he shared with the league. Get off of your high horse, Goodell needs to go for a number of infractions, and this may just be the tipping point that finally rids the league of the worst commissioner.

  41. streetyson says:
    – it turns out that the phone logs* and electronic media that Zeke handed over for his defense had been heavily redacted by Zeke removing all communication with the woman.

    Evidence of redaction? Source?

  42. I’m shocked people are defending Hunt. If he had a problem with the women, call security or the police. The answer is not to attack her. Plus, he clearly kicks her on the ground which is outrageous. There is no justification for that. Hunt has a history. A bad one. This is at least the second incidence on KC. He’s had issues in college as well. So keep defending him and you keep enabling him and he’ll continue to get in trouble.

  43. The NFL and TMZ should be ashamed of themselves, acting like the law, when the female in the video did not press any charges on Kareem Hunt. It is not know why, or what happened before and after the incident that she chose not to press charges. The NFL is not the law and should stay out of legal matters. TMZ is nothing, but a group of scumbags that try to build dirt on celebrities, which is not always accurate, never tells the whole story and always conveniently leaves out important information that does not suit slandering a celebrity. If I were Kareem Hunt, I would sue the NFL, sure TMZ for slander and even though I am a Chiefs fan, sue the Chiefs for wrongful dismissal, because Kareem Hunt has done nothing wrong in the eyes of the law. What is she hiding that is not in the video that kept her from going after Kareem Hunt at all. We don’t know, because TMZ is more interested in slandering people than ever telling the whole story. They are a bunch of scumbags.

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