Kareem Hunt clears waivers

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The NFL’s teams apparently learned something from last week’s misadventures in Washington.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt cleared waivers on Monday. It means that no team (not even Washington) claimed the balance of his rookie contract. Hunt now becomes a free agent.

On Tuesday, Washington claimed former 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster on waivers after the team that made him a first-round pick in 2017 released Foster following his second domestic violence arrest of the year. Washington was loudly criticized for the move, and the organization then found a way to make it worse by clumsily defending the decision.

The Chiefs waived Hunt, a third-round pick in 2017 and the league’s rushing champion as a rookie, after video emerged on Friday of him shoving and kicking a woman in the hallway of a Cleveland hotel back in February. He previously had been placed on paid leave by the league.

The NFL will continue to investigate two different incidents involving Hunt, and eventually he’ll likely receive an unpaid suspension. In the interim, he can sign with any team, but if no team were willing to claim his contract now, it’s likely that no one will sign him until, at the earliest, the extent of his unpaid suspension is known.

It’s unlikely that Hunt will become a full-blown pariah, like Ray Rice did after video surfaced of a violent knockout of his then-fiancee. He’s young, he’s talented, he can help a team win, and someone will eventually give him a second chance. For now, he’ll hopefully focus on getting his life straightened out, addressing whatever anger-management issues that have affected him in the past, and preparing for a future that will entail far more years out of football than in football.

32 responses to “Kareem Hunt clears waivers

  1. Can we skip right to the bit about him turning his life around. He’ll be playing next year because no one really cares about what players do as long as they perform on the field.

  2. As a true free agent, he may get more than his rookie slotted contract when the amount of suspension is determined.

  3. terripet says:
    December 3, 2018 at 5:38 pm
    Indianapolis bound next season

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    After selecting Peyton Manning even after he assaulted his female trainer at Tennessee, the Colts are a perfect organization for this guy. Good call.

  4. The NFL has zero tolerance for men who beat up women. Unless of course you’re young, talented, and can help a team win. Goodell came out today announcing that the league is 100% against abortion. Unless the girl is pregnant. Then that’s different. What a joke.

  5. Here’s the deal. If the NFL really wants to take a stand on this issue, it’s time for a no tolerance policy. If you can’t keep your hands (or feet) off of a woman, you can’t play in the NFL. End of story. Suspensions and all that are pure nonsense. Oh wait. I forgot. Billionaires really don’t care as long they can profit off of said individual.

  6. Someone claiming him, would have been more punishment than letting him be a free agent.

    This is actually a jackpot for him. He is out of his rookie deal. LeVeon Bell didnt sign the franchise tender which would have paid him about the same about PER GAME as Kareem Hunt was scheduled to make for the entire 2019 season.

  7. From the video I saw of it she got physical with him first and front what I understand he only came out after she beat on his door for 20 minutes. My wife saw the video separately of myself and talked to me about it and said she kinda thought he got a raw deal. No opinion on his other matters as I haven’t completely brushed up on them. Just get tired of “It takes 2 to tango” getting dropped because people are famous.

  8. These NFL GM’s are gutless. I’d pick him up in a heartbeat. He’s a top 5 RB. A difference maker.

  9. Why is he on the Commissioner’s Exempt list? What is pending? There is no pending legal action. He admitted it was him in the video and apologized for his actions.

    Keeping him on the list is basically telling 31 teams that they better not sign him. He is without a contract.

    How is this not collusion?

  10. If all these other claims are true, I hope the NFL bans him for at least a year.
    He’s just an angry young man mad at the world.

  11. Hope he comes back to the Chiefs. What he did was clearly wrong but players have done far worse and did good with their nfl careers.

  12. pooman420 says:
    December 3, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    If Joe Mixon is playing, this guy has a good shot to make it back.
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    What Mixon did was a lot worse than what Hunt did. Regardless, Hunt will be back.

  13. jbaxt says:
    December 3, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Hope he comes back to the Chiefs. What he did was clearly wrong but players have done far worse and did good with their nfl careers.
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    If the guy hadn’t lied, he’d probably still be with the Chiefs.

  14. I’m all for second chances but you he has to earn it by proving he can go a month without assaulting someone. Maybe he should think about getting rid of his crew.

  15. A report of a third incident is now suddenly appearing. Thats a lot of things that were never getting pursued or raised suddenly being brought forth now. Whatever mistakes Hunt has made or not made (only the first report is substantiated), the way the info is suddenly being released sounds like there is some other agenda at play here as well.

  16. If he hadn’t lied to the Chiefs, he’d still be one. The act was reprehensible, the lie about that act unforgivable.

    Chiefs were right to cut him. Every team faced with that lie should. Not all teams would.

  17. Three alcohol & anger related incidents in 7 months. He clearly needs alcohol and anger management counseling. He is young and talented enough that “IF” he gets the counseling he needs, he will get another shot in the NFL.

  18. buckstalion12965 says:
    December 3, 2018 at 6:37 pm
    Why is he on the Commissioner’s Exempt list? What is pending? There is no pending legal action. He admitted it was him in the video and apologized for his actions.

    Keeping him on the list is basically telling 31 teams that they better not sign him. He is without a contract.

    How is this not collusion?
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    Clearly, you do not know the meaning of collusion. Collusion: secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, especially in order to cheat or deceive others.

    This would require all 32 owners to get together in secret and specifically say “No one hire Kareem Hunt.” But then you would still need to show that it cheated or deceived others. Neither Hunt and/or Kaperdink are victims of collusion.

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