Published 6:07 PM EST Feb Eleven, 2019
The Cleveland Browns are giving Kareem Hunt one more probability in the NFL.
The crew announced Monday it had signed the old Kansas Metropolis Chiefs operating assist, who became waived in unhurried November after a video emerged depicting him shoving and kicking a woman closing February in an incident at a Cleveland lodge.
Hunt became no longer arrested and no expenses catch been made, however the Chiefs parted with him after the crew said he “became no longer fair” in discussions with management.
“First off, I could per chance well esteem to all over again utter regret for my actions closing twelve months,” Hunt said in an announcement via the crew. “What I did became negative and inexcusable. That is no longer the man I became raised to be, and I’ve realized a gigantic deal from that trip and indubitably could per chance well perchance mute catch been more fair about it after the true fact.
“I’m extraordinarily grateful that John Dorsey, Dee and Jimmy Haslam and the Cleveland Browns group are granting me the assorted to salvage their trust and symbolize their group in essentially the most attention-grabbing blueprint doable on and off the discipline. I’m committed to following the important steps to be taught and to be a better and fitter particular person from this recount. I also perceive the expectations that the Browns catch clearly laid out and that I should always salvage my blueprint assist to the NFL. I’m a work in development as an particular particular person, but I’m committed to taking abet of the toughen programs that I catch in space to turn out to be essentially the most attention-grabbing and fitter version of myself.”
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Hunt stays ineligible to play or utter whereas he is on the commissioner’s exempt list. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier than the Good Bowl the league became mute investigating three separate off-discipline incidents moving Hunt, who shall be subject to a suspension as section of the league’s behavior policy.
Browns same old supervisor John Dorsey drafted Hunt in the 1/3 round out of Toledo in 2017 when he served in the same role for the Chiefs. Dorsey said in a news convention in a while Monday that the crew he had no longer reached out to the girl that Hunt had shoved and kicked, however the crew would catch a 0-tolerance policy for him on extra incidents.
“My relationship and interaction with Kareem since 2016 in college became an important section of this decision making job but we then did intensive due diligence with many people, including clinical mavens, to catch a better conception of the particular person he is this day and whether it became prudent to stamp him,” Dorsey said in an announcement. “There catch been two important components: one is that Kareem took plump duty for his egregious actions and showed gorgeous remorse and secondly, correct as importantly, he is undergoing and is committed to important knowledgeable cure and a opinion that has been clearly laid out.
“We fully perceive and appreciate the complexity of questions and points in signing a participant with Kareem’s history and attain no longer condone his actions. Given what we be taught about Kareem via our intensive be taught, we imagine he deserves a 2d probability but indubitably with the conception that he has to struggle via excessive and important steps to turn out to be a performing member of this group, other than what the NFL determines from their ongoing investigation. We fully have in mind the true fact that Kareem is subject to discipline by the NFL. Here at the Browns, there is an intensive opinion with expectations laid out that he understands and should always utter, because any identical incident could per chance well perchance no longer be tolerated. We are in a position to toughen Kareem via this job and use our assets, alternatively accredited, to abet him turn out to be a hit on and off the discipline as lengthy as he continues to display the dedication important to symbolize this group.”
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