The NFL is suspending Hunt for eight games, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The league finally wrapped up its lengthy investigation, more than a month after Hunt signed a one-year contract with Cleveland. He'll be eligible to return for the second half of the 2019 campaign, eventually providing a major threat to Nick Chubb's workload. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Hunt won't appeal the suspension.
The NFL's investigation into Hunt is ongoing but expected to be resolved by the start of the new league year on March 13, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The Chiefs cut Hunt loose in late November after video emerged of the running back pushing a woman. The aforementioned investigation regards that incident as well as two others. Since he landed on the Commissioner's Exempt list, Hunt commenced counseling for anger management and alcohol issues but has yet to speak with league officials about his situation. It's unclear whether his inevitable suspension for violating the personal conduct policy will include the final five games of this season or instead begin in earnest during the 2019 campaign. Either way, Hunt should know his fate by the start of free agency, helping teams weigh the risk-reward balance of bringing the 23-year-old into the fold.
The NFL is reviewing three separate off-field incidents reportedly involving Hunt, as the league works towards determining potential discipline for the running back, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports. The report suggests the likely outcome is a multi-game suspension that would stretch into next season. After being released by the Chiefs on Friday, Hunt is a free agent, though as long as he remains on the commissioner's exempt list, he is prohibited from participating in practices or games.
After being released by the Chiefs on Friday, Hunt went unclaimed on waivers Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Per NFL.com, Hunt is officially a free agent, but at this time he is not permitted to play due to his residence on the league's Commissioner Exempt list.
The Chiefs released Hunt on Friday. The team issued a statement following the release of a video in which Hunt appears to be pushing a woman: "Earlier this year, we were made aware of an incident involving [Hunt.] At that time, the National Football League and law enforcement initiated investigations into the issue. As part of our internal discussions with Kareem, several members of our management team spoke directly to him. Kareem was not truthful in those discussions. The video released today confirms that fact. We are releasing Kareem immediately."
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