The Kansas City Chiefs released running back Kareem Hunt on Friday night after video surfaced that showed the NFL’s reigning rushing champion knocking over and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel hallway in February.
The team issued a statement shortly after the NFL had placed Hunt on its Commissioner Exemption List that said the running back lied when asked about the incident by team officials. The team said “the video today confirms that fact. We are releasing Kareem immediately.”
Hunt was at the Chiefs’ facility earlier Friday in preparation for Sunday’s trip to Oakland, but he was excused and sent home shortly after TMZ posted the video online. It shows Hunt being restrained several times by friends before pushing a woman to the ground, where he proceeds to kick her.
Police were called to the scene during the Feb. 10 incident, no charges were filed. The police did not respond to requests for comment Friday night.
The Chiefs and the NFL have been aware of Hunt’s incident since it occurred, but much like the case involving former Ravens running back Ray Rice, the shocking video brought a new dimension to the case.
Thornburg stays with Sox
The Boston Red Sox agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg on a one-year deal worth $1.75 million.
Thornburg, who earned $2.05 million this past season, can also earn $400,000 in performance bonuses based on games: $100,000 each for 45, 50, 55 and 60.
He made his Red Sox debut in July and appeared in 25 games.
Thornburg had a 5.63 ERA. He sat out the 2017 season after surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome. Thornburg was taken in the third round of the 2010 amateur draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. He went 14-9 with a 2.87 ERA in 144 career appearances for the Brewers from 2012-16 prior to being acquired by the Red Sox in a trade in December 2016.
Reliever Alex Colome was acquired by the Chicago White Sox from the payroll-shedding Seattle Mariners for catcher Omar Narvaez. Colome has 96 saves in six seasons with Tampa Bay and Seattle, earned $5.3 million this year and is eligible for salary arbitration. … The Indians traded one of their big arms — from behind the plate. Cleveland, which has been dangling right-handers Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco as trade bait, dealt All-Star catcher Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals. In return, the three-time defending AL Central champions got outfielder Daniel Jonson and right-hander Jefry Rodriguez.
Ledecky wins another title
Katie Ledecky won the 200-meter freestyle Friday night at the USA Swimming Winter National Championships, holding off Olympic teammate and training partner Simone Manuel for her third title in three days in Greensboro, N.C.
Ledecky won the 800 free to open the competition Wednesday and took the 400 free Thursday night. She won gold medals in the 200, 400, and 800 freestyle at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
In his first trip to the Hero World Challenge, it didn’t take Jon Rahm long to figure out how to score.Being aggressive starts with keeping the ball in play. Rahm made birdies on half of his holes for a 9-under 63 to share the lead with Henrik Stenson, who had a 66. … Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo will be out indefinitely as he tries to recover from a sore right knee. The former Indiana University star leads the team in scoring with 21.4 points per game and steals at 1.56. He’s also second on the Pacers in assists (4.7) and rebounds (6.6) after winning the NBA’s steals title last season.