Hunt ad­mits to ly­ing about ho­tel in­ci­dent

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KANSAS CITY, MO.—Run­ning back Ka­reem Hunt ac­knowl­edged that he mis­led the Kansas City Chiefs about his role in a Fe­bru­ary assault in a Cleve­land ho­tel that ul­ti­mately led to his re­lease this week.

Dur­ing a live in­ter­view with ESPN on Sun­day, the NFL’s reign­ing rush­ing cham­pion also said that league of­fi­cials never spoke to him about the in­ci­dent while con­duct­ing their own in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and that he never saw

the se­cu­rity cam­era video un­til TMZ Sports posted it Fri­day.

In the course of a few hours, Hunt went from pre­par­ing for Sun­day’s game in Oak­land to be­ing sent home from the prac­tice fa­cil­ity. He was then placed on the NFL’s com­mis­sioner ex­emp­tion list, sum­moned back to the team fa­cil­ity and told that he was be­ing re­leased.

“They be­lieved that I lied to them. I lied to them,” Hunt said. “They pretty much said we love you, ev­ery­body cares about you, and just we have to let you go. It was a tough con­ver­sa­tion. And the Chiefs did what was right. I made a poor de­ci­sion and I’m will­ing to take full re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

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Ka­reem Hunt told ESPN the league never spoke to him dur­ing its in­ves­ti­ga­tion of an assault on a woman in a Cleve­land ho­tel in Fe­bru­ary.

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