The NFL has suspended Kareem Hunt eight games for the physical altercation he had with a woman last year, and the star running back has once again apologized for his actions.
After the league announced Hunt’s punishment on Friday, he released a statement through the Cleveland Browns saying he respects the NFL’s decision and is committed to “earning the trust of the league, my teammates, the organization and this community.”
Hunt was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs back in November after a video surfaced that showed him shoving and kicking a woman at a hotel. The Browns were likely prepared for him to be suspended even longer than eight games. Cleveland GM John Dorsey was with the Chiefs when they drafted Hunt, and he has said he trusts that the 23-year-old “showed true remorse” and is taking the appropriate steps to improve as a person by undergoing treatment.
The NFL has made a decision regarding Kareem Hunt, and the running back will be forced to sit out the first half of the 2019 season.
On Friday, the NFL announced that Hunt has been suspended eight games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. He will not appeal.
The Browns took a chance by signing Hunt without knowing what the extent of the disciplinary action would be, but many were expecting the star running back to be suspended for much longer.
Hunt was waived by the Chiefs back in November after a video surfaced that showed him shoving and kicking a woman at a hotel. Browns general manager John Dorsey was with the Chiefs at the time they drafted Hunt, and he said he believes the 23-year-old has “showed true remorse” and is taking the appropriate steps to improve as a person by undergoing treatment.
Kareem Hunt will get a second chance in the NFL at some point thanks to the Cleveland Browns, and the star running back is once again expressing remorse for the actions that resulted in him being cut by the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2018 season.
Shortly after the Browns announced on Monday that they have signed Hunt, the former third-round pick released a statement through the team admitting what he did was “wrong and inexcusable.” He also thanked the Browns and general manager John Dorsey and said he will work to earn their trust.
Hunt was waived by the Chiefs back in November after a video surfaced that showed him shoving and kicking a woman at a hotel. He is expected to be suspended for a large portion of the 2019 season after the NFL completes its investigation, but Hunt is just 23 and received interest from plenty of teams.
Dorsey was the GM of the Chiefs when they drafted Hunt, so there is plenty of familiarity between the two.
Kareem Hunt was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs back in November immediately after a video surfaced that showed him shoving a kicking a woman, but it did not take long for the star running back to find a new team.
On Monday, the Cleveland Browns announced they have signed Hunt to a contract. General manager John Dorsey, who was in the same position with the Chiefs when Kansas City drafted Hunt, released a statement explaining the decision.
Dorsey said the Browns feel Hunt has “showed true remorse” and is taking the appropriate steps to improve as a person by undergoing treatment.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the deal is for one year and could be worth more than $1 million.
Hunt, 23, was a superstar with the Chiefs before the footage of him assaulting a woman went public. He racked up more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage and scored 14 total touchdowns prior to Kansas City parting ways with him, so it’s no surprise multiple teams expressed interest in him.
The NFL still has not determined what the extent of Hunt’s discipline will be, but he is expected to be suspended for multiple games in 2019.
It seems likely that Kareem Hunt will be welcomed back into the NFL by someone at some point, and two teams are reportedly sniffing around.
According to NFL reporter Benjamin Allbright, the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills have considered signing Hunt, though neither has taken any steps to do so at this point.
The Bears’ interest has been openly discussed by members of the organization, and coach Matt Nagy was Hunt’s offensive coordinator for a year in Kansas City. The Bills, however, have not been linked before.
Hunt was released by the Chiefs after video emerged of him attacking a woman. He still faces NFL discipline, which is a factor any team that acquires him must consider.
One prominent Chicago Bears player has no qualms whatsoever about Kareem Hunt potentially joining the roster.
Speaking with reporters on Friday, Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson indicated that he would embrace the embattled free agent running back.
“From when I met [him] and everything like that, for us to bring him into our locker room, I think guys would welcome him with open arms,” Robinson said, per Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. “He’d be one of us … A guy they’d bring into our locker room would be our brother.”
Robinson also said that Hunt seemed like a “good dude” based on the handful of times he had interacted with the former Kansas City Chiefs star. He did add however that he was not clear about the details surrounding Hunt’s release upon the emergence of a video showing him kicking and pushing a woman outside a hotel room last year.
From a pure football standpoint, the Bears could foreseeably stand to upgrade from their talented but modest-upside duo of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen in the backfield. That said, Hunt obviously comes with significant baggage and ethical questions that are already scaring some other teams off.
The New York Jets have enough salary cap space to sign multiple top free agents heading into the 2019 season, but don’t expect star running back Kareem Hunt to be one of them.
Though the Jets could use a play-making tailback to pair with Sam Darnold in the quarterback’s second season, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that they have zero interest in signing Hunt when he comes off the Commissioner’s Exempt List. The reason the Jets don’t want Hunt is the same reason many other teams will rule out signing him, but it apparently hits a bit closer to home for their front office.
As Mehta notes, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan and his wife, Betty, had a close friend killed in a domestic violence murder-suicide several years ago. They have since become heavily involved in the One Love Foundation, which is an organization that raises awareness about the warning signs of domestic violence.
Hunt, of course, was released by the Chiefs and placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List after a video of him shoving and kicking a woman outside a hotel room was released.
The Jets have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Le’Veon Bell, and Hunt could give them the same caliber of player who is younger and would probably come cheaper. Maccagnan apparently doesn’t care about that, which is something no one should argue with.
As the NFL gets closer to a resolution involving disciplinary action for Kareem Hunt, more reports are surfacing that indicate the running back will not be out of work for very long.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Hunt has drawn interest from multiple teams and is expected to be signed “sooner rather than later.” He has been undergoing anger management counseling since a video surfaced in November showing him shoving and kicking a woman, and teams reportedly feel he has been making progress.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported early Sunday morning that the NFL’s investigation into Hunt’s off-field behavior is expected to be concluded before the start of free agency in March.
Hunt was released by the Chiefs immediately after the disturbing video surfaced. We know of at least one team that was willing to publicly acknowledge the possibility of signing Hunt, so it’s no surprise there are others.
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy sounds like he’s priming fans for a potential signing of Kareem Hunt.
The Bears coach told the media on Monday that he talked with Hunt recently.
“I talked to Kareem, completely wanting to know how he’s doing,” Nagy said at his season-ending press conference. “We had a good conversation. … The only thing I cared about when I talked to him was literally his personal life, how he’s doing. It was a good conversation. He sounded good. But that’s it. The other stuff, that’s not where it’s at. There’s more to it than the football, so we talked strictly on that.”
Nagy was the offensive coordinator in Kansas City during Hunt’s rookie season. They have a relationship that goes beyond football, which is why their conversation did not focus on that.
Hunt has not played since TMZ Sports published a video on Dec. 1 that showed Hunt getting physical with a woman during an incident at his apartment complex. He was cut by the Chiefs that day and placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List.
The second-year running back remains on the list as the league decides on his eventual discipline. They will consider three incidents when evaluating his case: Hunt was accused of attacking a man at a club in January; he was accused of punching a man in June; and the incident with the woman.
Nagy says he believes in second chances but not third chances. Maybe if it were just one incident, that would be a second chance situation. But the three accusations seem to indicate a pattern for the running back.
Whatever the case, Bears GM Ryan Pace doesn’t want anyone jumping the gun.
“We’re not even there yet,” Pace said. “I mean, I know what he is as a player obviously from watching. Matt knows more about him as a person. We’re not even close to that point.”
The Chicago Bears refused to rule out what would be a controversial pursuit of former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt.
Bears coach Matt Nagy admitted that he spoke to Hunt a week ago, but nobody was willing to commit either way to bringing Hunt to Chicago.
Nagy was Hunt’s offensive coordinator during the running back’s rookie year with Kansas City in 2017.
Hunt was released by Kansas City after video emerged of him assaulting a woman. He faces a lengthy suspension from the NFL, and any approach from the Bears would be met with significant public outcry. It’s hard to see any reason for them to do it.