Kareem Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs won’t be playing on the gridiron anytime soon as officials investigate a dispute in which he kicked and pushed a woman, TMZ.com reports.
The celebrity website posted video on Friday documenting the encounter, which occurred at a Cleveland hotel in February.
The NFL is investigating the incident and has placed hunt on reserve, meaning he cannot play, practice or even attend games.
“The NFL’s investigation, which began immediately following the incident in February, will include a review of the new information that was made public today,” the league said in a statement obtained by TMZ.
Hunt is seen in the video pushing 19-year-old Abigail Ottinger and is then restrained by someone, which appears to enrage Hunt. He storms away and collides with a man and a woman, both of whom fall to the ground.
Ottinger alleges that she was assaulted by Hunt around 3:45 a.m. inside The Metropolitan at the 9 hotel, where Hunt has an apartment. A woman who accompanying Hunt said Ottinger also assaulted her, police reports show.
Prosecutors decided not to file charges, perhaps because Hunt was listed as a suspect in one of the police reports while another report identified Ottinger as a suspect. Each individual alleged he or she was a victim in the encounter, Cleveland police Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said.
Ottinger told police the argument began after she declined to have sex with one of Hunt’s friends. But someone from Hunt’s entourage claims they booted Ottinger and her friend from the apartment upon discovering that they were only 19 years old. Ottinger also was accused of using racial slurs.
Oittinger and her friend said they waited in a hotel hallway for a ride back to Kent State, where they are students.
Hunt’s associate said he provided the women with $20 and informed them Hunt had gone to bed.
Ottinger’s friend told police that Ottinger remained in the hallway for a half-hour pounding on the apartment door and yelling. A woman accompanying Hunt said Ottinger punched her in the face.
In an interview with Cleveland.com, Ottinger acknowledged that “things got physical,” but she declined to comment further.
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