NFL owners are 'irate' that the league never spoke to Kareem Hunt while investigating a physical altercation he had with a woman

  • A disturbing video of former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt shoving and kicking a woman during an off-season altercation surfaced Friday.
  • The Chiefs acted swiftly in releasing Hunt and claimed that he lied during their investigation into the incident.
  • In an interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters, Hunt confirmed that he had not been truthful with his former team when they investigated him and said that the NFL itself never questioned him about the assault.
  • According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, a handful of NFL owners "are irate" that the league failed to question Hunt after the incident took place.

A disturbing video surfaced Friday of former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt shoving and kicking a woman during an off-season altercation in Cleveland, Ohio.

The incident resulted in more than just Hunt's likely expulsion from the NFL as questions emerge regarding the league's mishandling of yet another violent assault case involving a player.

The Chiefs promptly released the Pro Bowler after they claimed Hunt lied during the team's investigation into the incident, which took place back in February. In an interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters, Hunt apologized for his actions before confirming that he had lied when the team interrogated him about the altercation.

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Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) carries the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
NFL football player Kareem Hunt, of the Kansas City Chiefs arrives at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2018 file photo Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars with quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo. The Cincinnati Bengals bring one of the NFL’s worst defenses to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 to face the Chiefs. They also bring an ailing defense, and that should only make it tougher to slow down Patrick Mahomes and Co. The Bengals are coming off a loss to Pittsburgh while Kansas City lost for the first time last week in New England (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt walks to the practice field during NFL football training camp in St. Joseph, Mo., Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) celebrates with fans after an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Toledo running back Kareem Hunt reacts after a 32-27 loss to Northern Illinois in an NCAA college football game Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Kansas City Chiefs' Kareem Hunt catches a touchdown pass during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) carries the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Kareem Hunt during the Kansas City Chiefs at Dallas Cowboys NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (Michael Ainsworth/AP Images for Head & Shoulders)
Toledo head coach Matt Campbell, right, talks with running back Kareem Hunt after a 38-7 win over Kent State in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard)
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, right, runs for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half of an NFL football game in Carson, Calif. Hunt was the AFC offensive player of the month after he led the league with 401 yards rushing, caught nine passes for 137 yards and reached the end zone five times. The Chiefs face the Washington Redskins this week. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Toledo Rockets running back Kareem Hunt (3) runs with the ball in the third quarter of a 49-24 loss to the Missouri Tigers in an NCAA college football game in Toledo, Ohio, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) eludes New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) as he crosses the goal line for a touchdown after catching a pass from Alex Smith during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) eludes New England Patriots defensive end Cassius Marsh (55) as he runs for a touchdown after catching a pass from Alex Smith during the second half of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. Of 266 rookies on active rosters in Week 1, 33 started and 13 more played at least half the snaps. Linebackers and running backs led the way with a combined total of 15 guys, including Kareem Hunt, Leonard Fournette and T.J. Watt. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
North squad running back Kareem Hunt of Toledo (33) carries the ball during the second half of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Toledo running back Kareem Hunt celebrates his 6-yard rushing touchdown against Northern Illinois during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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Read more:Kansas City Chiefs release star running back Kareem Hunt saying he was 'not truthful' about altercation with woman

When it came to the league itself, however, Hunt claimed that NFL officials never questioned him or asked him to discuss the incident. ESPN's Adam Schefter later confirmed that the league never sought to interrogate Hunt and failed to speak with the woman he assaulted despite multiple attempts to contact her.

Schefter also reported that the NFL and Kansas City failed to obtain the video of the incident before TMZ's Friday afternoon release.

Shortly after the video became public, the NFL placed Hunt on the Commissioner's Exempt list, barring him from practicing, playing, or attending games with the team. Still, the league's reactive response to the video despite having opened an investigation into the incident back in February has prompted criticism from fans, pundits, and NFL owners themselves.

Sources told Schefter that some of the most powerful men in the league were furious about the NFL's handling of the incident. Specifically, owners were "irate" that the league failed to interview Hunt after learning of the altercation.

The NFL released a statement Sunday detailing its plans to continue investigating the confrontation involving Hunt, but many, like the NFL owners, argued that the league's actions have once again come too late.

Teams can claim Hunt from the waiver wires beginning Monday afternoon, but Schefter reports that multiple NFL executives across the league expressed skepticism that any franchise would pursue him. That being said, the Washington Redskins' decision to claim former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster off of the waivers after his domestic violence arrest came as a surprise to many industry insiders. 

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