Report: NFL told Chiefs to stop pursuing Kareem Hunt video

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The Ray Rice case raises real questions about whether the Ravens did enough to obtain video of the punch that knocked out Rice’s then-fiancee. The Kareem Hunt case apparently won’t raise similar questions.

Nate Taylor of TheAthletic.com reports, citing multiple unnamed sources, that the Chiefs knew that video of the February incident existed, but that the NFL told the Chiefs to stop trying to get the video, once the NFL launched its own investigation.

On the surface, it makes sense. The league, not the team, has exclusive jurisdiction over off-field, offseason matters of personal conduct. But the fact that the NFL failed to get the video gives the issue a far more unfortunate vibe.

Let’s reconsider the league’s contentions regarding the efforts to get the video, as provided by a source with knowledge of the situation. The league contends that the hotel told the NFL that corporate policy permitted the hotel to surrender the video only to law enforcement. The NFL also contacted the Cleveland Police Department, which didn’t provide to the NFL any video.

It’s now known that the Cleveland Police Department didn’t provide the video because the Cleveland Police Department didn’t get the video, because the Cleveland Police Department only wants video when the underlying offense is a felony. So the real question is what, if anything, the league said to the Cleveland Police Department to impress upon it the fact that the hotel won’t give the video to anyone but law enforcement and that the NFL is trying to enforce its own internal laws, but that the NFL can’t without cooperation from law enforcement.

Here’s another question that the NFL needs to ponder for future cases. When caught in a predicament like this, with the entity in possession of a video unwilling to produce it to anyone but law enforcement and law enforcement unwilling to ask for it, what should the league do? One solution could be to opt for full transparency,. explaining in a non-accusatory fashion that no action can be taken against Hunt because no one will cooperate with the league’s efforts to get the video. The other solution, as suggested on Saturday, could be to adopt the same kind of relentlessness that characterizes the efforts of TMZ to get videos, even if it means paying for videos.

Whatever the outcome, it won’t be easy for the NFL to continue to make cursory efforts to get a video, abandon more aggressive strategies or approaches, and then simply say “well, we tried” whenever TMZ or some other media outlet succeeds.

30 responses to “Report: NFL told Chiefs to stop pursuing Kareem Hunt video

  1. So, the league advised the Chiefs to join them with a collective shoulder shrug in a “we tried” and hope a star running backs assault gets swept under the rug. Got it….

  2. “One solution could be to opt for full transparency,. explaining in a non-accusatory fashion that no action can be taken against Hunt because no one will cooperate with the league’s efforts to get the video.”

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    This is the only real option. If they were to start paying for videos in a way like TMZ does, that opens up more than one can of worms.

  3. Why don’t they just contract with TMZ to get these videos, since they seem to be the only entity that can get them?

  4. it is becoming more obvious that the nfl did not want to make the assault an issue because they thought that it would just go away—-by the way, nfl has no credibility as to the truthfulness of their statements

  5. Not enough people are focusing on why the police didn’t do anything. And I don’t mean in a bad way like they didn’t do their jobs. I mean that they didn’t do anything more because this was a misdemeanor assault by BOTH parties. Not a felony(which is easily determined based on injuries and witness accounts), not domestic violence because this woman had zero personal relationship with anyone involved. A misdemeanor. People don’t go to jail for misdemeanors. There’s no doubt Hunt has anger issues and needs some help. There’s no doubt he should be suspended for his personal conduct but how this is being reported, almost everywhere, is irresponsible and just drumming up more and more ridiculous reactions from people who are ignorant to what actually happened here.

  6. It’s strange that the police would not want to see the video to determine if this was a misdemeanor or a felony or nothing. The NFL thinks it is a law unto itself and this needs to stop, everyone should get due process.

    I agree with:
    yankeemofo says:
    December 2, 2018 at 10:44 am
    Bring back “Days Without An Arrest”

  7. Just at one point will Roger Goodell lose his job? This entire situation has been handled horribly by the league.

  8. The NFL and/or the teams have, stay with me, ZERO legal jurisdiction. None. They cannot compel testimony from anyone other than their own employees. They cannot demand evidence. They can simply ask questions. Do that, accept the answers, make a decision based on the policy and move on. They are creating their own drama here. They CHOOSE this particular way because the NFL has determined that a half-assed investigation that is later exposed is LESS damaging than going all-out on ALL the potential cases. Most of these scenarios get dropped because the “victim” is dependent on the NFL salary of their BF. This one isn’t domestic so odds are a potential payday could be sought. Do not encourage it. Ask appropriate questions and handle business at the time. These investigations should last no more than a month. If no cooperation on testimony or evidence happens then close the investigation as inconclusive and apply known facts (as they are at the time) to the policy. Reporters and fans are not entitled to any information whatsoever. If it comes up in the future, simply report what was done and the drama ends right then and there as long as the report given is genuine and thorough based on what was known.

  9. That’s why it’s called the Shield. Anything to protect the image. IF, and I mean IF, this report is true, Goodell should be thrown out on his ear…especially when you add it to all of the other botched “investigations.”

  10. I am certainly not a Patriots fan, but the simple fact that the NFL hired an investigative team and spent millions of dollars for spy-gate while not even interviewing Hunt or the victim in question just shows how lowly the league and Roger Goodell are…

  11. steelpenguin6687 says:
    December 2, 2018 at 11:43 am
    That’s why it’s called the Shield. Anything to protect the image. IF, and I mean IF, this report is true, Goodell should be thrown out on his ear…especially when you add it to all of the other botched “investigations.”
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    Lay off Roger. You get what you pay for. How can you expect anyone making a mere forty million a year to be good at their job? Though it is an interesting visual you’ve painted, watching him land on his ear while they toss him out of his job.

  12. So the nfl didn’t want to mess with the chiefs success didn’t want to mess with the views .,. Goodell being bias

  13. rabbi187 says:
    December 2, 2018 at 11:51 am
    I am certainly not a Patriots fan, but the simple fact that the NFL hired an investigative team and spent millions of dollars for spy-gate while not even interviewing Hunt or the victim in question just shows how lowly the league and Roger Goodell are…

    As a Patriots fan all I can tell you is that the league basically does what it wants when it wants. But your are totally correct in your statement. I believe you’re referring to Deflategate but either way yes, the NFL spent almost $10 million trying to prove something they were wrong about from the beginning. Yet in this case they couldn’t even be bothered to actually talk with person who was accused of assaulting a woman. Like I said, the NFL does what it wants when it wants to as opposed to doing what is right. Or in both cases applying common sense

  14. Instead of blaming cops, and school officials, and blacks, and whites, and teams, let’s instead focus on raising our children not to beat women. Not to take drugs. Not to beat on each other. Finish 4 years of college since most of them go for free, and if you are arrested no professional ball for you. If you get to the pro’s and you get arrested, no more guaranteed contract and you pay back a portion of the signing bonus. Time to start smacking these fools down. These guys think they are above the law. Enough babying these multi-millionaires.

  15. The easy solution would be for the NFL to contact the mayor of Cleveland to see the police department gets the video and turns it over to the NFL. The mayor has the power to do that.

    The NFL saw a star in Hunt and wanted to bury the story so they didn’t make a concerted effort to get the video.

  16. This detail, if true, changes things. If the Chiefs were trying to find out what was on that video and the NFL told them to stand down and let the league handle it, then the NFL did take on some responsibility to find out what that video showed. Not following through that responsibility is the difference in being able to say they were just making sure process was followed and getting caught suppressing evidrnce in a cover up.

  17. Seems very clear Goodell and his cronies did everything possible to conceal and bury another violent incident against a woman.

    Goodell has proved over and over again he’s a contemptible human being who is utterly and totally unfit to be commissioner

  18. It shows the state of the NFL. The police aren’t in a hurry because it’s not a felony. The hotel won’t furnish the video unless the proper procedures are followed. TMZ pays off someone and the media/fans consider it the end of the world that the NFL didn’t. What a disconnection between the severity the judicial system considers the matter and the sky-is-falling social media.

  19. harrisonhits2 says:
    December 2, 2018 at 1:32 pm
    Seems very clear Goodell and his cronies did everything possible to conceal and bury another violent incident against a woman.

    Goodell has proved over and over again he’s a contemptible human being who is utterly and totally unfit to be commissioner

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    You have to consider that from the point of view of those that hired him being a contemptable human being might be exactly why they might consider him fit to be commissioner

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