Kareem Hunt Signed by Browns Months After Being Dropped from NFL Over Video of Him Kicking Woman


Kareem Hunt will have another chance at his NFL career thanks to the Cleveland Browns, who announced on Monday that they were signing the 23-year-old free agent running back to their team.

The news comes just three months after Hunt was released from the Kansas City Chiefs amid controversy over a surveillance video taken last February that showed him shoving and kicking a 19-year-old woman at a Cleveland hotel.

That video, which surfaced in November 2018, led the Chiefs to drop Hunt on Nov. 30 — the team alleging in a statement that Hunt “was not truthful” when initially discussing the incident with “several members of our management team.”

Though police investigated what happened, no arrests were made and Hunt was never charged (Cleveland Police Department Sergeant Jennifer Ciaccia said that the case was not considered a felony).

The NFL also investigated Hunt’s situation — though, according to NFL.com, they have yet to make a ruling.

Still on the Commissioner Exempt list, Hunt is not eligible to play until the NFL’s investigation is completed and a potential discipline decision is made, ESPN reported.

Browns general manager John Dorsey, who was the GM of the Chiefs when Brown was drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL draft, said in a statement on Monday that the team is aware Hunt “is subject to discipline by the NFL.”

“We fully understand and respect the complexity of questions and issues in signing a player with Kareem’s history and do not condone his actions,” Dorsey’s statement began. “Given what we know about Kareem through our extensive research, we believe he deserves a second chance but certainly with the understanding that he has to go through critical and essential steps to become a performing member of this organization, aside from what the NFL determines from their ongoing investigation.”

“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 continued in his statement. “We will support Kareem through this process and utilize our resources, however permitted, to help him become successful on and off the field as long as he continues to show the commitment necessary to represent this organization.”

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