Kareem Hunt

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NFL Suspends RB Kareem Hunt 8 Games

March 15, 2019 - 9:27 am

CLEVELAND, OHIO (105.3 THE FAN) - Browns running back Kareem Hunt has been suspended the first 8 games of the 2019 season, according to reports. 

Both ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport are reporting the news:

Hunt will not be appealing the decision.

"PFS Agency stands behind our client, Kareem Hunt, in his decision to accept the suspension handed down by the NFL today," Hunt's agent Dan Saffron said in a statement. "We want to thank the Browns for the unwavering support they have show Kareem. We also want to acknowledge the NFLPA, who has provided a great deal of guidance for Kareem throughout the process."

Back in December, Hunt acknowledged that he misled the Chiefs about his role in a February assault.

During a live interview with ESPN, Hunt also said that league officials never spoke to him about the incident while conducting their own investigation and that he never saw the security camera video until TMZ Sports had posted it.

In the course of a few hours, Hunt went from preparing for a game in Oakland to being sent home from the practice facility. He was then placed on the NFL's Commissioner Exemption List, summoned back to the team facility and told that he was being released.

"They believed that I lied to them. I lied to them," Hunt said. "They pretty much said we love you, everybody cares about you, and just we have to let you go. It was a tough conversation. And the Chiefs did what was right. I made a poor decision and I'm willing to take full responsibility."

In the grainy, graphic video, Hunt is seen getting into an argument with a woman and several men step in to hold him back. He later pushes one of the men, knocking down a woman that Hunt admitted he did not know, and eventually kicks her while she lays on the ground.

He was given a second chance and signed by the Cleveland Browns back on February 11th.

Hunt will be permitted to practice with the Browns through training camp until his suspension begins week one of the NFL seasons.

Former Kansas City Chiefs GM and current Browns GM John Dorsey said he wouldn't have taken the second chance on signing the troubled running back if he hadn't had a prior relationship with Hunt. “My relationship and interaction with Kareem since 2016 in college was an important part of this decision making process but we then did extensive due diligence with many individuals, including clinical professionals, to have a better understanding of the person he is today and whether it was prudent to sign him. There were two important factors: one is that Kareem took full responsibility for his egregious actions and showed true remorse and secondly, just as importantly, he is undergoing and is committed to necessary professional treatment and a plan that has been clearly laid out," Dorsey said in a statement back in February. 

“We fully understand and respect the complexity of questions and issues in signing a player with Kareem’s history and do not condone his actions. 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 NFL determines from their ongoing investigation. We fully understand that Kareem is subject to discipline by the NFL. Here at the Browns, there is a detailed plan with expectations laid out that he understands and must follow, because any similar incident will not be tolerated. 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.”

In addition to the suspension from the NFL, the 23-year-old will have to also take anger management classes.