A day after KMBC reported that neither the NFL nor the Kansas City Chiefs were listed on the public records request from the city of Cleveland until the day TMZ released video of Hunt kicking and shoving a woman inside an Ohio hotel, the Cleveland Police Department said the league received a copy through unofficial channels.
“Following an internal review, it has been determined that in February 2018 a member of the Cleveland Division of Police provided a copy of the police report involving the February 10, 2018 assault incident at The 9 to a representative from the National Football League,” the Cleveland PD said in a statement Wednesday.
“The report did not go through the official public records request process.”
The Kansas City Chiefs never made a formal request, according to public records.
Cleveland police previously said that they did not attempt to obtain the hotel surveillance footage, which was released by TMZ, because the incident only resulted in a misdemeanor offense.
The NFL said over the weekend that it had launched an investigation into the domestic violence allegations in February, but Hunt said league representatives never attempted to speak to him.
Kansas City released the running back Friday, hours after he was placed on the Commissioner Exempt List.
"Earlier this year, we were made aware of an incident involving running back Kareem Hunt. At that time, the National Football League and law enforcement initiated investigations into the issue," the team said in a statement.
"As part of our internal discussions with Kareem, several members of our management team spoke directly to him. Kareem was not truthful in those discussions. The video released today confirms that fact. We are releasing Kareem immediately."
During a live interview with ESPN Sunday, Hunt said he “made a poor decision” at the end of a “long night.”
"It was just a disagreement. I honestly wanted her just to leave,” he said. "That's not an excuse. I'm not that person in that video."