Report: NFL didn’t officially request police records until Kareem Hunt video emerged

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Whatever the NFL did to obtain details regarding the February 2018 incident involving former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, it clearly wasn’t enough. And now more details are emerging regarding what the NFL did, and didn’t, do.

According to Steve Vockrodt of the Kansas City Star, the NFL did not make a formal request for records relating to the Hunt incident until November 30, the same day that TMZ published video of the altercation at a hallway of a Cleveland hotel.

The NFL insists that its investigation began much earlier.

“We had multiple verbal conversations with Cleveland police officers and requested surveillance video immediately upon learning of the incident in February,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Star. “In addition, NFL representatives also made requests for surveillance video to the hotel property. We also obtained and reviewed the material developed by the police, which included the written reports prepared by the officers who responded to the incident, and later the interviews that were recorded by body cams and the recordings of the 911 calls.”

Per the report, a person named Jordan Carpenter, listing his company as the NFL, “filed a request for unedited versions of police reports, records, 911 calls, body camera footage, police radio reports and surveillance footage of ‘an incident involving multiple individuals occurring in the early morning hours of February 10, 2018.'”

Cleveland police previously admitted that it didn’t obtain video from the hotel because the authorities deemed the incident to be a misdemeanor not a felony. It’s unclear how aggressively or persistently the NFL impressed upon the Cleveland Police Department the importance of getting the video to the league’s ability to determine whether and to what extent Hunt should be punished.

19 responses to “Report: NFL didn’t officially request police records until Kareem Hunt video emerged

  1. Is anyone surprised? Burying his head in the sand and pretending this kind of stuff didn’t happen is the Goodell way. He should have been fired for the way he handled the Ray Rice situation but the league and owners don’t actually care about guys beating on women unless the public finds out.

  2. The NFL clearly didn’t care about the Hunt situation until the video emerged and now they’re scrambling and this guys gonna suffer a far greater punishment than he would have if they’d done an investigation earlier. What Hunt did was wrong and should be punished but he’s going to lose out on probably tens of millions.

    Does anyone here think that’s remotely a just punishment?

  3. There you go, this just confirms what we all knew, the NFL is full of crap and couldn’t care less about women.

  4. Lies. Lies. Lies. Goodell might be rich, but he is a liar and his word is no good. How does he look his kids in the eye?

  5. dave128 wrote: “But if you’re accused of deflating footballs, the league will move heaven and Earth to punish you. Rightly or otherwise.”

    You are 100% right. Anyone who “thumbs’down” your comment, well, there the one’s with deflated balls!

  6. Apparently Roger doesn’t rally care about right or wrong. Whether it’s domestic abuse, concussions or stupid player discipline situations like deflategate, he will scramble to protect the Shield then when he screws that up he’ll do anything to protect himself. No Integrty.

  7. It’s inexcusable that the NFL itself or individual NFL teams can’t obtain video directly from hotels. An NFL team rents a large block of rooms for a game. Over the course of a season multiple NFL visiting teams probably stay in the same hotel. That’s a lot of hotel business. Year after year.

    Simple solution. If a hotel wants that business then the hotel must agree a priori to turn over any and all video surveillance to the NFL if police are called to the hotel and it involves one of the players or staff.

  8. Just curious. How did Cleveland PD decide it was a misdemeanor and not a felony WITHOUT seeing the video? SMH

  9. Goodell’s cheating is limitless.

    The only reason to protect Ray Rice and Baltimore or Hunt and KC is because each is a viable threat to beating the Patriots in January.

    There is no other explanation as to why you’d frame Elliott and then ignore Rice and Hunt’s disgusting actions on tape.

    This is how Goodell cheats, folks. Frame innocent teams and players and ignore the ones the league wants to prop up to prove parity for international expansion.

  10. dwinsgames says:
    December 4, 2018 at 10:25 pm
    Just curious. How did Cleveland PD decide it was a misdemeanor and not a felony WITHOUT seeing the video? SMH
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    If you are rich it’s a misdemeanor. If you are not then it’s a felony.
    Welcome to Murica.

  11. tylawspick6 says:
    December 5, 2018 at 9:01 am
    Goodell’s cheating is limitless.

    The only reason to protect Ray Rice and Baltimore or Hunt and KC is because each is a viable threat to beating the Patriots in January….
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    WTF goes on in your brain, dude? I agree that Goodell is a bad of douche, but your tinfoil hat isn’t doing its job.

    If Goodell and the league wanted to “get at” the Patriots, they could easily start by calling an offensive holding penalty on a pass play – at some point in some game, sometime.

    Kinda hard to cry conspiracy when Brady gets all day to pass the ball and his O-line routinely gets away with choke-holds again pass rushers to allow him time to throw.

    The Pats are the least penalized team in NFL history. So how in the heck can there be a conspiracy against them, when the path of least resistance (calling penalties) is not utilized against them?

    Just sayin….

  12. phantomgremlin says:
    December 4, 2018 at 10:17 pm
    It’s inexcusable that the NFL itself or individual NFL teams can’t obtain video directly from hotels. An NFL team rents a large block of rooms for a game. Over the course of a season multiple NFL visiting teams probably stay in the same hotel. That’s a lot of hotel business. Year after year.

    Simple solution. If a hotel wants that business then the hotel must agree a priori to turn over any and all video surveillance to the NFL if police are called to the hotel and it involves one of the players or staff.
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    An excellent solution. The NFL will never do it, no plausible deniability. Plus, most of the time these things happen during the off season so it’s no help there.

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    harveyredman says:

    December 5, 2018 at 10:52 am

    tylawspick6 says:
    December 5, 2018 at 9:01 am
    Goodell’s cheating is limitless.

    The only reason to protect Ray Rice and Baltimore or Hunt and KC is because each is a viable threat to beating the Patriots in January….
    ________________________________________

    WTF goes on in your brain, dude? I agree that Goodell is a bad of douche, but your tinfoil hat isn’t doing its job.

    If Goodell and the league wanted to “get at” the Patriots, they could easily start by calling an offensive holding penalty on a pass play – at some point in some game, sometime.

    Kinda hard to cry conspiracy when Brady gets all day to pass the ball and his O-line routinely gets away with choke-holds again pass rushers to allow him time to throw.

    The Pats are the least penalized team in NFL history. So how in the heck can there be a conspiracy against them, when the path of least resistance (calling penalties) is not utilized against them?

    Just sayin….

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    If there were more holding penalties called in Patriots games there would be an extra SB banner hanging in Gillette. Watch the Tyree catch again. Its the breaks of the game.

  14. why is that an NFL job and not, i dont know, the job of the team that employs him? everyone bashing goodel and the nfl but lets not forget it was the chiefs that knew about the incident and continued to employ him right up until the video emerged.

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