National Football League announces suspension for Browns RB Kareem Hunt

Annette Crawford
March 15, 2019

On Friday morning, Roger Goodell and the league pushed out the sentence of eight games for the Cleveland Browns running back.

"PFS Agency stands behind our client, Kareem Hunt, in his decision to accept the suspension handed down by the National Football League today", Saffron said.

The Browns' signing of Hunt was seen as controversial by many following a video released by TMZ previous year that showed him shoving, pushing and kicking a woman at The Metropolitan at the 9 Hotel in Cleveland in February 2018.

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.

"I respect the league's decision on discipline", Hunt said.

The Browns signed Hunt on a one-year deal this offseason without knowing what type of discipline he might face.

In 11 games with the Chiefs last season, Hunt rushed for 824 yards and seven touchdowns to go along with 378 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns. "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'm grateful for my time with the Browns over the last month and thankful to all the people in the organization that have welcomed me". Later in the video, the woman is crouched on the ground after trying to get up and Hunt is seen kicking her. Police were called to the hotel but no one was arrested and no charges were filed. I also appreciate all of the support I received from my union through this process.

The league on Friday cited a violation of its personal conduct policy "for physical altercations at his residence in Cleveland last February and at a resort in OH last June".

The findings followed a detailed investigation by the National Football League, which included reviewing available law enforcement records, video and electronic communications, interviews with numerous witnesses, and multiple interviews with Hunt. The other altercation allegedly took place at a Kansas City night club following a Chiefs playoff loss in 2018.

The NFL has a baseline punishment of six games under the personal conduct policy for incidents involving violence, although there have been notable exceptions where suspensions have fallen below this mark.

Hunt, who will be a restricted free agent at the end of next season, issued a statement in which he reiterated his apology.

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