Adam Schefter on OMF sounds off against Kareem Hunt, hopes NFL suspends him

Ryan Hannable
November 30, 2018 - 6:44 pm

On Friday afternoon, video surfaced of Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt pushing a woman at a Cleveland hotel last February. The incident was known at the time, but there was no video released and no charges were filed.

Kansas City reportedly sent Hunt home for the day after the video came out, but there's been nothing else from the team or league.

Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria, ESPN's Adam Schefter sounded off against Hunt and urged the NFL to suspend him.

“It’s another mess for the NFL," he said. "And you’d like to think the league has learned from many of its mistakes and will do the right thing. And I think it will, but again, we don’t know how it is going to handle it just yet.”

Schefter added: “We’ve got a situation where the league has to do something, OK? Over the weekend, Reuben Foster for being accused of domestic violence act was placed on the Commissioners Exempt List, where here we have actual proof [Hunt] touched another woman and touched her in a violent way. And I know and I am sure there’s context to it, why he did it to justify why he it. It doesn’t matter why he did it. I don’t care that he was involved with a dispute with another woman and whatever she did or say doesn’t matter. All that matters is that he touched her, he shoved her, he pushed her, he physically basically assaulted her. So now what does the league do about it? We’re going to find out very soon because the league has gone through enough public relation messes involving domestic violence that it can’t sit idly by and not be forceful and authoritative.”

Based on its past with these types of issues, Schefter believes the NFL will do the right thing.

“Look, again, the league is going to do what it can to protect those ratings that you talked about, to protect, the brand, the image, the shield," he said. "Everything had been going along very nicely this season. They’re not going to want Kareem Hunt to derail this. The easiest and quickest way is to say, ‘I don’t care that you’re appealing, you’re not playing. You’re not playing until we get this resolved.’ However they do that. The problem is, there were no charges filed. The case isn’t going to go anywhere legally. … That is the amazing thing about this too, just when you think that there are black and white answers, it’s clear-cut — there’s always extenuating circumstances.

"Here’s the video that is 10 or so months old where nothing was done legally. So the league has within its rights to go do what it believes is right. If that is right, that is why I say I will not be surprised if he doesn’t play again this year because the league wants to protect itself. And the way to do that is to say, ‘You’re done. You’re done right now. OK. This is unacceptable.’ Because I think the league has learned, previously, that it can’t be light and lenient in any type of way when it comes to domestic violence. So we’ll see how the league handles it.”

Kansas City takes on the Raiders this Sunday.

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