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Star running back Kareem Hunt fired after violent video surfaces

Hunt's career is on hold while the league deliberates, but past precedent shows getting fired from the Chiefs might not be the end for Hunt in the NFL.

On Friday, Kansas City Chiefs star running back Kareem Hunt was released by the team after video was posted of an altercation from February 10th in which Hunt is seen pushing Abigail Ottinger, a 19-year-old student, then kicking her while she’s on the ground. Although Hunt had discussed the incident with the team previously, it was revealed that he had lied about it to the team.

A friend of Hunt’s had invited Ottinger and another girl to their hotel but when they found out the girls were under 21, Kareem’s girlfriend asked them to leave. The girls then started calling them racial slurs, and at that point Kareen attacked them.

Incidents like this have happened in the past. Bengals running back Joe Mixon punched his girlfriend in the middle of a restaurant and former Ravens running back Ray Rice knocked out his girlfriend in an elevator.

These incidents show that violence off the field can end an athlete’s career, but not always. Although Mixon is still playing, Rice hasn’t been signed to a team since the incident. Whether or not this ends Hunt’s career remains to be seen.

Hunt’s youth may give him enough time to recover from this scandal. A few years ago former four-time Pro Bowler Michael Vick served a jail sentence for a dog fighting scandal and still came back to the NFL, playing for Philadelphia.

Hunt, who was drafted by the Chiefs in 2017, has been their starting running back since replacing injured running back Spencer Ware. In his NFL debut he put up 148 yards on 17 carries and added 98 more yards through the air on five catches. At the end of the season, Kareem was first in the league for rushing yards and nominated to the Pro Bowl. Kareem had continued to be valuable player for the Chiefs who are 10 – 2 so far, so fans are sure to be concerned over the team’s prospects.

Hunt’s reputation is now tarnished. He is also barred from playing at the moment he isn’t allowed to attend any NFL games until the league decides his punishment.

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