Alleged victim in Kareem Hunt case wants privacy

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The alleged victim in the February 2018 incident involving former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt initially wanted to press charges. Now, 19-year-old Abby Ottinger simply wants to be left alone.

A comprehensive review of the situation conducted by ESPN’s Outside The Lines included an effort to speak to Ottinger. A member of her family told ESPN on Wednesday that “the whole incident has been very difficult for her and that all she wants now is her privacy.”

This means that Hunt most likely won’t face criminal charges. Ottinger’s lack of cooperation, however, won’t keep the NFL from taking action against Hunt, because the evidence of what Hunt did appears on a video that the NFL was unable to obtain, but TMZ wasn’t.

Some league insiders have speculated that Hunt and Ottinger reached a settlement. However, Hunt’s explanation from a Sunday interview with ESPN’s Lisa Salters created the impression that Hunt doesn’t know much if anything about Ottinger, making a settlement unlikely (unless it was handled largely if not exclusively by Hunt’s lawyer). Others have suggested that Ottinger had a change of heart once she realized that the facts of the case would include an allegation that she directed racial slurs at Rayshawn Watkins, a friend and former teammate of Hunt’s.

Regardless, the account from ESPN creates a clear impression that management at the hotel where Hunt had leased an apartment was motivated to protect Hunt, and that police weren’t motivated to do much of anything, other than defer to hotel management. 29-year-old Derek Szeto, a bystander who sensed that the hotel wasn’t taking the situation seriously and “was acting weird,” was detained by police after using his phone to record video of his interactions with hotel officials and refusing to surrender it to police.

At a time when the NFL has absorbed plenty of criticism for its investigation of the situation, it’s clear based on the ESPN report that the hotel and police didn’t seem to be all that inclined in getting to the truth, which necessarily made it much harder for the NFL to figure out what had transpired.

20 responses to “Alleged victim in Kareem Hunt case wants privacy

  1. “the whole incident has been very difficult for her and that all she wants now is her privacy.”

    If I was a white person who shouted “n____” for half an hour immediately before assaulting two black people in front of 20 witnesses and with partial videotape that went viral I would sure want my “privacy” too.

    Law enforcement not pursing stuff is in her best interests. She would come out much worse than anybody else they decided to file charges against the parties involved. A federal hate crime charge is no joke.

  2. Underage drinking, partying ’til the wee hours in an NFL player’s room, clearly committing her own assault, using hate speech… and now she wants privacy?

    There’s an easy way to have privacy… stay home and don’t do any of the above.

    As for police & security not interested in doing much – maybe, like most of us, they immediately realized this was a meaningless momentary collision of drunk screwups that only happens about 200 times a night in any major city. It’s only constant-overreaction media/social media that made it into anything more than that.

  3. Imagine that, a hotel looking out for a high profile resident’s interests. The ESPN article included the small, insignificant detail that Hunt leases a suite in that hotel. He lives there. Protecting his interests is what he should expect.

  4. Good grief, let’s not pretend this is Ray Rice. If he kicked a dandelion that hard, it’d still have the seeds on it.

    What have I learned from this incident? If you’re a guy you’re not allowed to protect yourself. If you’re a black guy, you’ll lose your job.

  5. denverscott says:
    December 7, 2018 at 5:14 pm
    Using a racial slur is not a excuse to get violent.

    +++++++++++++++++++

    What rock you been living under?

  6. The recent decision to freely use her name in this, ESPN’s, and other reports indicates that her actions were extreme. Otherwise, media legal departments would not approve identifying her by name.

  7. maybe, like most of us, they immediately realized this was a meaningless momentary collision of drunk screwups that only happens about 200 times a night in any major city. It’s only constant-overreaction media/social media that made it into anything more than that.

    ——————-

    ^^^ BINGO!

  8. The comment about the Niners fan wanting hunt was the best comeback ever..thought they already had a kicker was classic.

    Anyway, she got what she wanted…a six figure settlement.

  9. Every story has 2 sides, something set him off. Nothing excuses it, but there had to be a reason for him to explode, and she doesn’t want it coming out now.
    Just a guess here, $$ for sex deal gone bad maybe, neither party wants those details coming out?

  10. If I were the guy arrested because the hotel didn’t like him taking a video I’d be pretty upset and would want some answers…..and I’d have a lawyer get to those answers. He was a neutral third-party who was concerned about the young lady and thought the way the hotel was behaving was not right.

    I don’t think this puts the hotel in a very good light because all they cared about was protecting Hunt. It’s nice to know a hotel is willing to put up with assault to protect one of its tenants. Also, if Hunt didn’t do anything wrong why did he request the cameras to go off. Additionally, the story given by one of his friends is clearly not what happened on the surveillance video. Who really knows what was said but Hunt’s friend didn’t do him any favors by blatantly lying about what happened.

  11. denverscott says:

    Using a racial slur is not a excuse to get violent.
    =========================================

    Eh, he just played that card for sympathy. I don’t believe it.

  12. She shouldn’t want this issue pursued. She’s looking at more criminal liability than anyone else from the incident.

  13. That dude wasn’t drafted high enough to hand out a fat envelop and he’s unemployed right now. What happened is that the cops put 2 and 2 together with a 19 year old girl and a bunch of dudes and women in a hotel room, came up with drunken dispute and went about their day. She wants privacy because her dad woke up Sunday to watch ESPiN to catch up on Baker Mayfield news and saw his girl on TV hooched up and not at home like he figured she was at zero-dark thirty. Not only does she have to deal with the nonsense, now mom and dad do too when they see friends and coworkers. Of course they want privacy now.

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