Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018

'I'm not that type of person': Kareem Hunt apologizes for incident, says he lied to Chiefs

Kareem Hunt was cut on Friday, moments after TMZ published video of an incident allegedly involving him. (Jason Hanna / Getty Images)

An apologetic Kareem Hunt, in his first interview after his release by the Kansas City Chiefs after publication of an explosive video, said, "I was in the wrong" when he shoved and kicked a woman and that he regrets not making "the right decision to find a way to de-escalate the whole situation. "

Hunt spoke in a live interview that ESPN's Lisa Salters said he asked and told her, "I just want to let the world know how sorry I am. It's been a tough time for me and I'm extremely embarrassed because of that video. "

The video, published by TMZ, shows disturbing images that Hunt said are at odds with his personality.

"I'm definitely not that type of person. My mother raised me right. I was raised by my mom and my grandma and it was just us, "he said. "They've always taught me and I know right from wrong. I'm a person who always wants to make everyone happy. "

Hunt was cut by the Chiefs after a movie of the day. Abigail Ottinger, 19, and Hunt's apartment, according to the report. The two were asked to leave, and the fight broke out in the hallway.

"Honestly, it was just a long night ago, to be exact, it did not matter what happened," he told Salters. "I was in the wrong. I could have taken responsibility and made the right decision to de escalate the situation. "

He declined to offer specifics on what led to the disagreement, which occurred last February, and said he intended to seek treatment.

"It was definitely some things that were said and done that I did not like," he said. "That's not an excuse. That person in that video did not want that. I did not mean anything or anything like that. It's tough because I feel like a lot of people down. I just want to apologize to everybody, the Chiefs organization, my family and close friends. "

Hunt, who asked for forgiveness, told Salters that he had moved into the past.

"Just disagreement," he said. "Honestly, I wanted her just to leave, but it's no excuse for me to be in that position."

Most disturbing is the image of him kicking a woman and he offered no explanation for that.

"You can not really explain it," he said. "The video shows that I was in the wrong. I'm not that type of person. I'm really disappointed and embarrassed in myself and for my family. I really am taking action to learn from this and become a better man. "

In releasing him, the Chiefs contended that Hunt had lied to him when they asked about the incident, not telling them about the video. "The Chiefs are right," Hunt told Salters. "I did not tell them everything. I do not blame them for anything. My actions caused this. I wish I could apologize to them and let them know there's no hard feelings between me and the Chiefs. I love the program and the people there. I just want to take this time to better myself. "

For Hunt, for the Chiefs and others, see the video made all the difference and it's something he did not see until Friday. "I realized what I did not see the video. It was really tough to watch. … I wish I would have handled it differently. "

Hunt reiterated, "That's not me. I have not seen that. "He added that the NFL had not reached the point where he said he did not reach out to the woman, saying he does not know how to do so because he does not know her. "If I could [contact her]I'm sorry for my actions that night. "

The league did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

For Hunt, the fallout was instantaneous following the video's release Friday. It was quickly adopted on the commissioner's list, when it was decided to leave it in the lead-up. Adrian Peterson and defensive end Greg Hardy off the field indefinitely profile cases. According to the NFL Network, Hunt is facing more than a six-game suspension; if – and it's a big "if" – another team was going to be one of them, he would be disciplined until the 2019 season. In addition, Under Armor confirmed for the Baltimore Business Journal that it had severed its relationship with the 23-year-old running back, who led the league in rushing a rookie.

For the Chiefs and the league, the fallout raises the issue of domestic violence, a problem that has been investigated by the public-relations crisis four years ago. ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that, during its investigation into the Hunt matter, the league did not request an interview with Hunt. It is not possible to say that, but they did not respond, officials said.

The league, according to the report, spoke to "as many witnesses who were there as possible" and they said Hunt was not involved. Hunt by the Chiefs, no matter the action. As with the Rice Case, TMZ obtained the video, confronting the NFL with another PR problem.

Four years ago, the NFL faced criticism for its handling of an incident in which Rice, the train Ravens running back. He has been suspended two games and then video of him while he is being published by TMZ, setting off a season-long crisis. An independent investigation by Robert S. Mueller III reveals inadequacies in the league's investigation.

"Mueller wrote," It should have been the case for the seriousness of the assault that had taken place in the past, "Mueller wrote.

The report was made that the NFL had seen the video, which has been reported to NFL offices. Nor did it contact the Ravens for more information.

"Had the League done so," Mueller wrote in the 2015 report, "It may have further uncovered information about the incident, possibly including the in-elevator video prior to its public release."

The report concluded "there was substantial information about the incident – even without the in-elevator video – indicating the need for a more thorough investigation. The NFL should have done with the information it had, and should have taken [2014] incident."

Mark Maske contributed to this report.

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