Kareem Hunt is officially back in the NFL. The Cleveland Browns have signed the 23-year-old, who was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs in November after video surfaced of an altercation he had with a woman in February 2018.
Hunt’s signing is sure to be controversial. In the video, he is shown allegedly attacking, shoving and kicking a woman in an incident at a hotel in Cleveland.
The Chiefs alleged that Hunt originally lied to them about the details of what happened. Before they released him, Hunt was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list. meaning he could not practice or play with any team.
Hunt released a statement in Cleveland’s announcement of his signing.
“First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions last year. What I did was wrong and inexcusable. That is not the man I was raised to be, and I’ve learned a great deal from that experience and certainly should have been more truthful about it after the fact. I’m extremely grateful that John Dorsey, Dee and Jimmy Haslam and the Cleveland Browns organization are granting me the opportunity to earn their trust and represent their organization in the best way possible on and off the field. I am committed to following the necessary steps to learn and to be a better and healthier person from this situation. I also understand the expectations that the Browns have clearly laid out and that I have to earn my way back to the NFL. I’m a work in progress as a person, but I’m committed to taking advantage of the support systems that I have in place to become the best and healthier version of myself.”
We've signed RB Kareem Hunt
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) February 11, 2019
Hunt’s deal is reportedly a one-year contract. He is most likely going to be suspended, as his punishment is still undecided, per reports.
The #Browns signed RB Kareem Hunt to a 1-year deal that could be worth more than $1M not factoring in the suspension, source said. More than the minimum. After this year, he’ll be an RFA.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 11, 2019
A source close to the situation says with regard to Kareem Hunt: "Discipline process still ongoing and nowhere near done." Could be a while before the Browns know for sure how many games he will miss.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) February 11, 2019
Hunt is clearly extremely talented, and the Browns have a connection to him considering he’s an Ohio native and Browns GM John Dorsey was with the Chiefs when they drafted him in 2017.
However, this is a major risk the Browns are taking, and a potential PR nightmare.