MIAMI — Damien Williams and Kareem Hunt shared the Chiefs running backs room in 2018. On Tuesday, Williams was preparing for the Super Bowl and being asked about a video of Hunt being pulled over by a police officer near Cleveland last week.
In the video, Hunt pleads with the officer and shows his pain at not being part of the Super Bowl with the Chiefs, who drafted him in 2017.
“I should be playing for a freaking Super Bowl,” Hunt said. “It hurts my soul. Like, you don’t understand, I’ve been fighting a lot of s— lately, man. It still hurts me to this day. I love Cleveland, I love the Browns, but you don’t understand, I’m just the worst person in the world sometimes, like, I guess. And I don’t even do nothing. Try to help everybody.”
The Chiefs released Hunt in November 2018 after video from a February 2018 incident surfaced. The video showed him kicking a woman. The Browns signed him in February 2019 and he served an eight-game suspension last season.
Williams was asked if he feels for Hunt.
“Most definitely,” Williams said. “At the end of the day, no one wants to go through anything that he’s been through. That’s a great friend of mine. I talk to him each and every day. That’s something that we’re going to get through together.”
Williams declined to get in the nature of their conversations.
Sign up here for our exclusive Super Bowl 2020 Preview conference call.
“I’d like to leave our conversations between us,” he said.
Hunt had been the featured back in Kansas City’s offense. He rushed for 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie in 2017. Williams has now emerged as the top back for the Chiefs and will be lining up with Patrick Mahomes on Sunday in Super Bowl LIV while Hunt is dealing with the disappointment of not being in Miami.
For more on Super Bowl 2020, listen to the latest episode of the “Gang’s All Here” podcast: