Report: NFL questioned Kareem Hunt about June incident, not February incident

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The NFL didn’t talk to former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt prior to last Friday’s release of an incriminating video. Unless it did.

It became firmly established on Sunday that the NFL did not interview Hunt regarding a February incident at a Cleveland hotel before TMZ published video of Hunt shoving and kicking a woman there. Now, Kevin Draper and Ken Belson of the New York Times report that the NFL had questioned Hunt about a June incident, during which Hunt allegedly punched a man in the face at an Ohio resort.

The NFL’s position has been that it waited to speak to Hunt about the February incident because it wanted to wait until other evidence had been developed. But the investigation had been at a standstill; absent the sudden emergence of the video, the case would have remained in limbo indefinitely.

The approach makes sense, generally speaking. Investigations typically involve gathering all proof before interviewing the accused, so that the interview of the accused is as meaningful as it can be. However,the Personal Conduct Policy and the Collective Bargaining Agreement contain no apparent clause that limits the league to one bite at the apple.

Thus, the NFL apparently could have interviewed Hunt based on the evidence preliminarily available, kept the investigation open pending future developments, and reserved the right to speak to him again. And again. And again.

Indeed, why not lock the accused in to a story early, before anyone knows what the evidence is? Then, if/when the evidence conflicts with the initial version, the accused can be twisted in knots and the league will know that the first story was not the truth.

The league’s handling of the situation further underscores the flaws with its overall investigative procedures, fueling the existing chatter among some owners that the NFL should get out of the investigation business completely and entirely.

13 responses to “Report: NFL questioned Kareem Hunt about June incident, not February incident

  1. As an investigator I can say that pretty much the first interview question for any trained investigator is something like “has anything like this happened before?” And any good investigtor will already know that answer to the question.

    Long story short. The NFL’s ‘investigators’ aren’t very good.

  2. If it’s not about Brady or the Patriots, Goodell doesn’t care. The NFL has spent millions trying to disprove the theory of gravity and refused to testify under oath.

    Yet they pretend to not have seen the videos and police reports of Rice, Mixon, Hunt, Hardy, Brown, and the guy from SF.

  3. Absent the sudden emergence of a video TMZ paid a big gulp and two hotdogs for Hunt would still be playing so I’d say the NFL has never been in the investigation business.

  4. The Chiefs knew this guy was a turd from the get go, just like they knew and know about Tyreek Hill.

    Turd team.

  5. When was Ted Wells hired to investigate this and gather phone documents, interview teammates, team personnel, etc….I must have missed the announcement of his involvement, I’ll keep digging. Surely the NFL takes this type of thing very seriously.

  6. Kareem Hunt is a great RB and he’s young and can run. I have no problem seeing this guy back on a team, and soon. That’s just my opinion. We pay a lot of lip service to this issue, but why start with Kareem Hunt? If Ray Rice could still run, he’d be playing this weekend. I think people in general are lazy. We want to blame a football player for a very serious issue that’s happening at an alarming rate in our country. The easy way out is for us to pretend like we care by throwing the book at a football player, but cheering on others who have done worse. Is Adrian Peterson still in the league? Are the stadiums empty when he shows up to play? This is an “us” issue, not a “them” issue.

  7. ricko1112 says:
    December 8, 2018 at 12:08 am
    If it’s not about Brady or the Patriots, Goodell doesn’t care. The NFL has spent millions trying to disprove the theory of gravity and refused to testify under oath.
    Yet they pretend to not have seen the videos and police reports of Rice, Mixon, Hunt, Hardy, Brown, and the guy from SF.
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    So true. Why the league was determined to bring down one of the best role models in the league and arguably one of the most interesting teams in the league boggles the mind. The actions of the league result in the abusers becoming the face of the league.

  8. SWFLPC.INC says:
    December 8, 2018 at 10:55 am
    Goodell’s investigations start with a desired outcome and then contain just enough “investigation” to reach the desired conclusion

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    Right. It is also known as a form of cheating to those with college degrees.

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