NFL Suspends Kareem Hunt Over Violence Off the Field

Star running back will miss 8 games after investigation into reported attacks
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2019 3:52 PM CDT
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Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt walks off the field in Los Angeles in November.   (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File)

(Newser) – The NFL has suspended Kareem Hunt for half of next season after an investigation of off-field violence involving the Pro Bowl running back. Hunt said he won't appeal the decision, Cleveland.com reports, and the Browns tweeted his statement saying, "I know that my behavior hurt a lot of people, and I again apologize to them." Hunt added that "there is a lot of hard work ahead of me before I'm able to fully return to playing the game I love." Missing the first eight games of the season will cost him about $503,529, under the contract he signed with the Browns only last month. Since then, their general manager says, "He has really done a nice job of being committed and of doing that work so that he can be the best version of himself."

The investigation covered three reported incidents. A video showed him shoving and kicking a woman in the hall outside his apartment a year ago. The Kansas City Chiefs dropped him late in the year, saying he "was not truthful" when they questioned him about it. In June, Hunt was accused of punching a man at a resort. Hunt was not disciplined over accusations that he and a teammate had assaulted a man in a nightclub in Kansas City. Hunt faces no criminal charges in the cases. The Browns said Hunt, who had 14 touchdowns last season, is taking alcohol awareness and anger management classes and receiving counseling. In discussing Hunt's signing last month, John Dorsey, the general manager, said Hunt has taken responsibility for his actions. "He is extremely remorseful," Dorsey told ESPN. (Read more NFL stories.)

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