Browns running back Kareem Hunt has been suspended for eight games by the NFL for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy in connection with physical altercations in Cleveland in February 2018 and at an OH resort in June 2018, Browns officials confirmed in a news release Friday morning.
Hunt will not appeal the suspension.
Hunt sat out the final five games of the 2018 regular season after the Chiefs cut him, although the clock for times served on suspensions does not begin when a player is placed on the NFL's Reserve/Commissioner Exempt List, as Hunt was when the video surfaced.
"First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions past year". Toni Van Pelt, the president of the National Organization for Women, argued that the Browns's decision to sign Hunt was proof that the NFL continued to disregard women.
Do you agree with Hunt's eight-game suspension? "I know that my behavior hurt a lot of people, and I again apologize to them", Hunt said in a statement released by the team. "I respect the league's decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner Goodell last week", Hunt said in a statement issued by the Browns. As a result of the video, the National Football League launched an investigation into his misconduct.
Given what we know about Kareem through our extensive research, we believe he deserves a second chance but certainly with the understanding that he has to go through critical and essential steps to become a performing member of this organization, aside from what the National Football League determines from their ongoing investigation.
The Chiefs released Hunt after they found him to be dishonest about the incident involving the kicking and shoving of the woman. General manager John Dorsey drafted Hunt in Kansas City and felt the OH native was contrite and deserved a second chance.
The NFL has been criticized in the past for inconsistency with suspension length for various offenses. He'll then be a restricted free agent next offseason for the Browns. "We will support Kareem through this process and utilize our resources, however permitted, to help him become successful on and off the field as long as he continues to show the commitment necessary to represent this organization". Last year, his second in the league, he recorded 824 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in 11 games.
Kareem Hunt, #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs, in a game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 28, 2018.