If Kareem Hunt is to be granted a second chance in the NFL, the former Kansas City Chiefs running back will have to wait.
Hunt, who was waived by the Chiefs last Friday after the publishing of a video showing him shoving and kicking a woman at a Cleveland hotel in February, was not claimed by any team on Monday. He will become an unrestricted free agent.
Teams had until 4 p.m. ET on Monday to submit a waiver claim.
The second-year player has been placed on the commissioner's exempt list, making him ineligible to play or practice for any team until the league completes its investigation. Hunt confirmed the NFL had not sought to speak to him thus far, though the league said in a statement Sunday it would take steps to hold "further conversations with all parties involved in the incident."
No charges were filed in the aftermath of the event. Cleveland police spokesperson Jennifer Ciaccia told USA TODAY Sports that no one from the department had seen the video prior to its publishing by TMZ.
“The victim would be referred to the prosecutor to file charges,” Ciaccia said in an email. “Detectives only follow up on felonies. This is a misdemeanor.”
In an interview with ESPN on Sunday, Hunt said he was "embarrassed" by the release of the video and apologized to the team as well as his family and friends. But he also said he believed he deserves another opportunity in the NFL.
"I hope so," Hunt said. "I've worked for this my whole entire life. … If I get another shot, the team won't regret it. I know I won't."
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