Chiefs RB Hunt appears headed to NFL exempt list

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press that Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt appears headed to the NFL’s Commissioner Exempt List, sidelining him while the league investigates a video of Hunt striking a woman in February.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not issued a formal statement Friday, although one was expected for later in the evening.

The video was published earlier Friday by TMZ.

Police were called to the scene, but no charges were filed for the Feb. 10 incident. But the video shows Hunt knocking over and kicking the woman in a Cleveland hallway.

Cleveland police and the NFL did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Hunt was at practice Friday, then was excused and sent home. The Chiefs (9-2) are at Oakland on Sunday.

Being placed on the exempt list means the player is paid and does not count against the club’s 53-man roster. But he can’t practice or play until he is removed from the list.

Domestic violence has been a major issue in the NFL in recent years. In 2014, a video showed Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée in an elevator in an Atlantic City hotel. Rice was originally suspended for two games by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who later was heavily criticized for handing out such a light penalty after the video was released. Rice soon after was suspended indefinitely by the league, won an appeal, but was released by the Ravens and never returned to the NFL.

The league then instituted a stronger domestic violence policy, but other incidents have made news, including last weekend when the San Francisco 49ers cut linebacker Reuben Foster.

Last year, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended for six games by Goodell after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with his girlfriend at the time.

Hunt led the NFL in rushing as a rookie with 1,327 yards and scored eight touchdowns in helping Kansas City make the playoffs. This season, he has run for 824 yards and seven TDs in 11 games, and also has seven touchdowns receiving.