BREAKING NEWS The coroner is on the way to the scene. Full Story
BREAKING NEWS Moderna to apply for Emergency Use Authorization for vaccine Full Story

NFL commissioner defends handling of Kareem Hunt allegations

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday defended the league's handling of misconduc...

Posted: Dec 13, 2018 8:01 AM
Updated: Dec 13, 2018 8:01 AM

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday defended the league's handling of misconduct allegations involving players off the field, including recent assault allegations against former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt.

Speaking to the media after the league's annual winter meetings in Irving, Texas, Goodell said the league is doing an "extraordinary" job.

Football (American)

Investigations

NFL

Roger Goodell

Sports and recreation

Sports figures

Sports organizations and teams

Kareem Hunt

"We have I think some of the highest standards of any organization," he said. "We take this seriously. We have zero tolerance for violence against women, and as a league, I think we've responded very quickly."

The Chiefs released Hunt and the league placed him on the Commissioner's Exempt List on the same day surveillance video surfaced of Hunt shoving and kicking a woman. Hunt apologized for the incident.

The league has come under fire for not acting before celebrity website TMZ posted the video. No arrests were made, and Hunt has not been charged with a crime. The league previously said that it began investigating immediately after the February 10 altercation, but was unable to get access to the hotel video.

"We don't pay for video evidence. From our standpoint, we think that is not appropriate for a league, organization to do that," Goodell said.

NFL Senior Vice President and Special Counsel of Conduct Todd Jones reiterated on Wednesday that the league requested the video "upfront."

"We were aware that it was there and couldn't get it," Jones said. "And somebody made the decision for monetary reasons to sell it to TMZ, and that's unfortunate. Once it's released, then of course we reopened the investigation and it's ongoing. There's been no discipline imposed yet and the investigation is not complete."

Hunt told ESPN the league did not interview him -- but he admitted to lying about the incident to the Chiefs. Jones defended the decision to not speak with Hunt.

"You don't sit down with the suspect until you have a little fuller handle on the facts, because you've got to be able to ask intelligent questions of them beyond, 'Were you there and did you do anything?'" he said.

"I think that the sequencing of the interviews was appropriate given the level of the information that we had at the time then."

Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill, who is the chairman of the league's conduct committee and a former federal prosecutor, added that the NFL does not have subpoena power.

"The NFL, the security folks don't have arrest powers or anything along those lines. They can only take so many steps."

Huntsville
Overcast
39° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 30°
Florence
Overcast
40° wxIcon
Hi: 38° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 32°
Fayetteville
Overcast
36° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 28°
Decatur
Overcast
38° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 28°
Scottsboro
Overcast
41° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 41°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 247229

Reported Deaths: 3577
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson32718500
Mobile19904362
Madison13425148
Tuscaloosa13167154
Montgomery12380236
Shelby1046577
Baldwin882098
Lee778566
Morgan675150
Calhoun6366121
Etowah635166
Marshall630955
Houston532338
DeKalb489736
Cullman447442
Limestone430245
St. Clair425755
Lauderdale413354
Elmore409464
Walker3689111
Talladega353554
Jackson327123
Colbert314642
Blount294640
Autauga275142
Franklin254233
Coffee246515
Dale234454
Dallas226532
Chilton225038
Russell22313
Covington220334
Escambia198631
Chambers177250
Tallapoosa177091
Pike159214
Clarke158919
Marion141336
Winston134423
Lawrence129636
Pickens124218
Geneva12378
Marengo122524
Bibb118817
Barbour117511
Butler117342
Randolph103821
Cherokee102924
Hale97731
Fayette92216
Clay92024
Washington91619
Henry8676
Lowndes79929
Monroe79011
Cleburne77414
Macon74522
Crenshaw71230
Bullock70019
Perry6896
Conecuh68514
Lamar6838
Wilcox63918
Sumter58422
Greene42718
Choctaw42613
Coosa3464
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 366518

Reported Deaths: 4554
CountyCasesDeaths
Shelby47963660
Davidson42880420
Knox18930149
Rutherford17930161
Hamilton16861152
Williamson1149080
Sumner9817137
Out of TN776154
Wilson752678
Montgomery668083
Sullivan648597
Washington6073106
Putnam597582
Maury591867
Blount553161
Madison5368110
Bradley525234
Sevier493731
Unassigned484222
Robertson381253
Tipton371139
Hamblen350161
Gibson324265
Dyer322051
Greene311672
Anderson298729
Dickson293834
Coffee284841
Bedford278830
Carter274955
Lawrence270134
Obion268651
Cumberland261136
McMinn255055
Warren241020
Roane237029
Jefferson229533
Loudon229319
Fayette226938
Hardeman225337
Monroe217844
Weakley217837
Franklin211934
Lauderdale205823
Hawkins196834
Wayne192810
Trousdale190812
Henderson185434
Macon184628
Hardin179025
White176718
Marshall176520
Carroll176434
Rhea171431
Haywood163330
Cocke162330
Lincoln161416
Cheatham159817
Campbell155223
Overton155035
Henry154319
Giles147549
Smith145319
Johnson142421
McNairy141133
Fentress122120
Hickman119319
Lake11786
Bledsoe11745
DeKalb117322
Crockett115626
Marion110119
Scott10857
Chester102821
Grainger101518
Decatur95712
Unicoi86226
Claiborne8499
Benton81614
Grundy77914
Cannon7693
Lewis76514
Morgan7396
Union7225
Humphreys7198
Jackson68410
Polk67315
Stewart60115
Houston58820
Clay55418
Sequatchie5325
Meigs49513
Perry48421
Moore3943
Pickett38913
Van Buren3692
Hancock1723

Community Events