Hunt was not arrested or charged over the incident.
Hunt was released from the Chiefs last season after video footage surfaced showing him shoving and kicking a woman during an incident that took place in the lobby of a Cleveland hotel past year. "Given what we know about Kareem through our extensive research, we believe he deserves a second chance", the statement read.
However, some of the fans were open to give Hunt a second chance, while also noting that the Browns have gotten a solid player to join a powerful line up of their running backs. The decision to sign him so quickly, however, indicates otherwise. Hunt himself backed up the team's statement saying that he brought this on himself.
When TMZ released the video in early December, the Chiefs were quick to release the running back saying that Hunt had continually lied to the team when questioned about the incident.
"We've signed RB Kareem Hunt". These (again, very recent) revelations only add to the skepticism about the Browns' move to sign him.
The league placed Hunt on the Commissioner Exempt List, for which the policy states, "In cases in which a violation relating to a crime of violence is suspected but further investigation is required, the commissioner may determine to place a player on the Commissioner Exempt List on a limited and temporary basis to permit the league to conduct an investigation". They can interfere with victims getting help, or serve to make risky situations worse.
Many speculated that Howard would be traded during the 2019 offseason, and be replaced by Hunt, who is now on the Commissioner's Exempt List for shoving and kicking a woman in February of 2018.
The Browns will likely receive backlash for their decision to sign Hunt.
From Tyreek Hill and Demetrius Harris in Kansas City to Antonio Callaway and Caleb Brantley in Cleveland, Dorsey has developed quite the reputation for taking on National Football League players with past legal transgressions. They are reportedly signing him to a one-year contract that will allow the Browns to control his rights as an exclusive free agent after this upcoming season. The NFL is still investigating.
The incident that was captured by surveillance and released by TMZ occurred February 10 between Hunt and Abigail Ottinger, 19, inside The Metropolitan at the 9, a hotel in downtown Cleveland.
"It is sitting or having conversations with him and understanding the depth of him", Dorsey said.
The addition of Hunt doesn't mean other changes are in the offing - at least for now - but could 2019 provide a similar scenario once Hunt is cleared to play?
"I am committed to following the necessary steps to learn and to be a better and healthier person from this situation", Hunt said. He was also linked to an assault at Kansas City nightclub, where a man accused the running back of being a part of a group of men who assaulted him, causing the 38-year-old victim to claim suffering a broken rib, a broken nose and numerous cuts and bruises.