Following the release of damning security camera footage that shows him assaulting a young woman, former NFL player Kareem Hunt admitted to lying about what happened to team officials, saying that he regrets his actions.
The former Kansas City Chiefs running back addressed the incident in an interview with ESPN, admitting that he was “in the wrong.”
“The video shows it — I was in the wrong and I’m not that type of person,” he said. “I’m really disappointed, embarrassed for myself and for my family, and I really am taking actions to learn from this and do everything possible to become a better man.”
In security footage recorded in February and published by TMZ on Friday, Hunt can be seen getting into a tense physical confrontation with a woman in a hallway at a hotel in Cleveland. At one point, Hunt shoves her with one hand, and the woman responds by hitting him in the face.
When Hunt’s male friends try to hold him back, one of the men ends up getting pushed into the woman, sending both crashing to the ground. Hunt later kicks the woman when she’s crouched down.
NFL officials have stated that they did not have access to the video footage before its release on Friday, according to ESPN.
Hunt was released from the team shortly after the footage surfaced, with team officials saying that the former running back “was not truthful” when addressing the incident with management.
Hunt confirmed this in his interview with ESPN, remarking, “The Chiefs were right.”
“I didn’t tell them everything,” he said. “I don’t blame them for anything. My actions caused this and I really wish I could apologize to them and let them know, it’s no hard feelings between me and the Chiefs. I love the program, love the people there, and I just wanna take this time and better myself and not let anything like this ever happen again.”
Hunt’s entourage and the woman in the video gave differing accounts to authorities of what led to the altercation, according to footage captured by a police officer’s body cam and published by TMZ.
The woman said that Hunt and his friends kicked her out of Hunt’s residence after she refused to have sex with one of Hunt’s friends, according to TMZ.
Hunt’s friends told officers that the drama started when they asked the woman to leave and she allegedly got physically aggressive with Hunt’s girlfriend, and later began hurling racial slurs at Hunt and his friends.
During their initial investigation of the incident, NFL officials did not interview Hunt or the woman in the video, confidential sources told ESPN.
The NFL repeatedly attempted to talk to the woman and a friend who accompanied her to Hunt’s home on the night of the altercation, but claim that their attempts were unsuccessful, ESPN reports.
When questioned about the incident, Hunt was largely tight-lipped on what really happened that night.
“It was just a long night,” Hunt told ESPN. “To be exact, it don’t really matter what happened. I was in the wrong. I could have took responsibility and made the right decision to find a way to de-escalate the situation.”
Hunt told the outlet that there were things said and done that night that he “definitely” did not like, but added, “That’s not an excuse.”
“That person in that video did not deserve that,” he said. “I didn’t mean to hurt anybody or anything like that. It’s really tough. It’s tough because I feel like I let a lot of people down and I just really wanna apologize to everybody, the Chiefs organization, my family and close friends.”
No arrests were made on the night of the incident, and Hunt was not charged, according to TMZ.
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