NFL defends its handling of Hunt case



December 13, 2018 - 9:21 AM

Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt pushes away from Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith in the third quarter on Oct. 7 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Hunt was released from the Chiefs. John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS

IRVING, Texas — The NFL on Wednesday defended its controversial handling of the Kareem Hunt investigation, even though incriminating surveillance video of the star running back — footage that surfaced months after his skirmish with a woman in a Cleveland hotel — led to the Kansas City Chiefs releasing him.

“There is information out there in this surveillance society that we can’t get when we need it, and when we get it we act on it,” said B. Todd Jones, the league’s special counsel on conduct said at the December owners meetings, making his first public comments on the incident.

Hunt, the NFL’s defending rushing champion, was captured on video shoving and kicking a woman in the hallway of a Cleveland hotel in February. Police were called but no arrests were made. The NFL and Chiefs contend they never saw that video until TMZ released it last month.

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