Former Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt, who was released on Friday following the release of a video showing him pushing and kicking a 19-year-old woman in February, said in a live, sit-down video with ESPN's Lisa Salters that he knows he was in the wrong.
The NFL investigated but didn't interview Hunt or the victim and also didn't see the video, ESPN said.
The league also acknowledged it hadn't previously reviewed surveillance video of the altercation at a Cleveland hotel that was publicly released by TMZ on Friday.
Although Hunt is now on the Commissioner Exempt list, and is not eligable to play, the possibility remains that a team will claim him on waivers.
Hunt also was involved in a June incident, according to TMZ, in which he allegedly punched a man at an OH resort. An independent investigation - which was led by Robert Mueller, now the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election - determined that there was no evidence the NFL had seen the Ray Rice video but that the league should have investigated more thoroughly.
The NFL made multiple attempts to obtain it, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. "I honestly wanted her just to leave". Since the man wasn't seriously injured and since he chose not to press any charges, the incident basically went unnoticed during the National Football League offseason.
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"It's no excuse for me to act that way".
Hunt apologized on ESPN for his actions and said he'd take full responsibility for what comes of the incident.
The Eagles' certainly do have a need at running back, which is why bringing in Hunt will likely be very tempting for the front office, even if he nearly certainly won't be playing until the 2019 season at the earliest. "We all care about you.' It was a tough conversation", Hunt said. No they have not.Did they ever ask you to talk about that incident?
Here is what is hard to stomach about the NFL's announcement: the only reason they are even interested in pursuing the facts is that a video from TMZ Sports emerged in the first place. "I regret the entire thing and I'm gonna take the time to you know, like I said, better myself and learn from this".
Rice was originally suspended two games by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who later was heavily criticised for such a light penalty after the video was released. The Washington Redskins picked up Reuben Foster despite another team cutting him for domestic violence charges. I know my upbringing wasn't flawless. If he goes unclaimed, then Hunt will become a free agent. I made a bad choice. "I want to just make sure nothing like this happens again". I'm asking for forgiveness and I definitely think I deserve forgiveness. "And I know that's where I masked a lot of my problems".