The Kansas City Chiefs took a while to publicly announce their decision, but in the end they did the right thing releasing Kareem Hunt Friday night.
The team said in the statement released announcing his release that Hunt was not truthful about what happened back in February when he was accused of attacking a woman outside his apartment.
Video emerged Friday that confirmed he did, in fact attack her, and that he even went so far as to kick her while she was on the ground.
For hours on Friday neither the Chiefs nor the NFL made any kind of statement about the matter, leading many to wonder if this was going to be another case of the league pretending to care but not really doing anything to stand up against violence toward women.
Thankfully the Chiefs did end up doing the only thing that makes any sense, which is to cut ties with Hunt after this incident.
Twitter users had some strong reactions to the move.
Wow. Respect for the Chiefs to do the right thing in the heart of a playoff run. Some teams could learn. https://t.co/9X1T5hqR8K
— Mike McCartney (@MikeMcCartney7) December 1, 2018
OK, I gotta give it to the Chiefs. Releasing Kareem Hunt is a strong statement. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) December 1, 2018
I am surprised the Chiefs cut Kareem Hunt. I wonder how much the heat the Redskins have taken over the last few days factored into how Kansas City handled this?
— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) December 1, 2018
I don’t often give the #Chiefs a lot of credit but they got this right. They acted swiftly, spoke out against the player & did not leave any doubt about where they stand. Kudos to the organization.
— Steven Spector (@StevenSpector10) December 1, 2018
Wow. Good for them. There’s no place in the NFL (or life) for that behavior. https://t.co/4r6V0RWDuS
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) December 1, 2018
Wow! That is a bold and impressive move by the Chiefs. https://t.co/gPLdGOt1Rp
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) December 1, 2018
Now comes the next test. Will another team pick him up, a la Reuben Foster?
This is going to be an interesting test for NFL teams. Will someone pick Hunt up, as Washington picked up Foster or does that video make the difference?
— Judy Battista (@judybattista) December 1, 2018