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Kareem Hunt returned to football on Sunday, playing in an NFL game for the first time since he was suspended for eight games by the league following two violent, off-field altercations, one in which he shoved and kicked a woman during an argument.
Browns running back Kareem Hunt knows only his actions will help him outrun a violent past. Hunt spoke for the first time since Cleveland signed him in February after he was released by the Kansas City Chiefs late last season when video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman during an argument. Hunt says he’s changed and hopes he can earn back the trust of teammates and fans. He says he’s grateful to get a second chance with the Browns, his hometown team.
The Kansas City Chiefs have made a habit of inciting controversy during the NFL draft in the Andy Reid era by acquiring players that have a history of off-the-field issues. This year, they didn’t even wait until the draft, trading for Seattle pass rusher Frank Clark on Tuesday. Clark was kicked off his team at Michigan after a domestic violence case, though he has remained trouble-free during his four years in the NFL.
The NFL has suspended Browns running back Kareem Hunt for eight games after a video showed him kicking a woman and his involvement in a fight at a resort. The league cited a violation of its personal conduct policy for “physical altercations” at his residence in Cleveland last February and at a resort in Ohio last June.“ Hunt was released last season by Kansas City. He will not be paid during the half-season suspension, which he will not appeal. Hunt can practice until the suspension starts.
The lasting visual of Kareem Hunt’s second NFL season wasn’t him stiff-arming a linebacker, shedding a tackle or barreling over a cornerback at the goal line for a touchdown. It was Hunt pushing a young woman and then kicking her while she was defenseless on the floor.
Following their own investigation, the Cleveland Browns signed Kareem Hunt to a one-year contract Monday, giving the former star Chiefs running back a second chance after a video showed him pushing and kicking a woman.
The NFL’s handling of violence accusations against Kareem Hunt shows the league still reacts heavily based on public perception.
The Kansas City Chiefs released running back Kareem Hunt on Friday night after video surfaced that showed the NFL’s reigning rushing champion knocking over and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel hallway in February.
Alex Smith threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns, Kareem Hunt ran for 155 yards and a score, and the Kansas City Chiefs routed the turnover-prone Los Angeles Chargers 30-13 on Saturday night to seize control of the AFC West.