Cleveland Browns sign troubled former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt

Annette Crawford
February 12, 2019

No charges were filed in the incident.

Hunt was released by the Kansas City Chiefs early in December when TMZ Sports obtained and released a video of the Pro Bowl running back's involvement in an offseason assault.

Hunt was cut from the Chiefs the same day the video was published. "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", Dorsey said. The decision to sign him so quickly, however, indicates otherwise.

Dorsey said at a press conference Monday evening this signing was "by no means... a guarantee of anything".

Hunt promised a "healthier version" of himself after going through the process of rehabilitating himself and becoming a "better and healthier person".

According to sources, Hunt has signed a one-year deal with the Browns. "There has been a tremendous amount of progress, though, in that investigation over the last, I'd say, 30 to 60 days". If we knew Hunt would be active from Week 1, it would stand to reason the Browns might look to move on from Johnson and explore his trade market. They can interfere with victims getting help, or serve to make unsafe situations worse.

Now that he's on a team, Hunt will land on the Commissioner's Exempt List as the league decides what sort of suspension, if any, to hand to the running back following his incident. But, this is where the challenge will always be in asking sports leagues to become moral arbiters, determining how long an absence is acceptable for a player who has committed a violent act. This isn't just a lot for a first-time head coach, which the Browns have in Freddie Kitchens. Hunt traded up in that round to grab Hunt in the third round, the same draft Dorsey also traded up to get NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.

The Cleveland Browns have signed free agent running back Kareem Hunt.

In December, ESPN reported the National Football League felt it did "everything possible from a legal standpoint" in its investigation into the incident.

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. While Dorsey's decision to meet with the local media may have been well-intentioned, his comments were-as is too often the case-lacking in the depth and specificity for which the situation called. Were it not for his off-field issues, Hunt would be a more attractive option than even Le'Veon Bell.

In a statement released by the team, Hunt expressed remorse and thanked the Browns for giving him the opportunity.

"I think every time you go through these very hard situations and these types of actions, you have to study everything from the person and then find out are they willing to be better people moving forward", Dorsey said.

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