The NFL was plagued by its latest woman beating scandal, this time involving star running back Kareem Hunt. TMZ obtained a video of an incident back in February where Kareem Hunt struck a woman. The video is damning. It shows Kareem Hunt rampaging to attack this woman and being restrained by his entourage. He then manages to kick the victim while she is on the ground.
Both Kareem’s male friend and the woman appear dazed — but Kareem makes his way over to the female and kicks her while she’s crouching on the ground … knocking her over.
Police were called to the scene but no arrests were made. According to police reports, obtained by TMZ Sports, surveillance video from the hotel was obtained by law enforcement. We’re told that video is part of the evidence that was submitted to prosecutors.
The incident itself had been well documented, also by TMZ, but no video of the incident surfaced, making it a he-said she-said situation. In all honesty, neither one, in trying to remove hindsight bias, seemed very credible. The Hunt account says they kicked the woman out of her room when they found out she was only 19. Not very believable while the accuser had said they wanted her to have sex with one of Hunt’s friends. It was muddy and in the end police didn’t file charges, leaving the court of public opinion quite divided.
Following the release of the video, the Kansas City Chiefs cut ties with their star player. They cited that he was not truthful in their investigation. The NFL, in its investigation, sought the video, but perhaps they weren’t willing to pay for it like TMZ. Seeing that no charges were filed, it’s understandable that the NFL would wrap up its investigation, though the past precedent of suspending players over disproven allegations remains.
After seeing the video, which corroborates the accuser’s account, we are left wondering why charges were not filed in the first place. The police had access to the video and still filed no charges against Kareem Hunt. The video was damning enough for the Chiefs to release their star player prior to a playoff run, though perhaps moot because of Commissioner’s exemption list. Yet it was not damning enough to press charges.
Perhaps this is an instance of celebrity privilege. It certainly was not white privilege. Maybe they didn’t want to drag such a big star through the mud. If so they should be held accountable for it. While we can hope for accountability, we should expect less.