Cleveland Browns’ running back Kareem Hunt has received eight games suspension for violating the NFL personal-conduct policy, the NFL announced on Friday. This means that Hunt won’t make his debut for the Browns until Week 9 of the 2019 NFL season.
The reason for Hunt’s suspension is the video that surfaced back in November which showed the 23-year-old shoving and kicking a woman during an incident that took place in one of Cleveland’s hotels in February. While the Pro Bowl running back didn’t face criminal charges for the incident, Kansas City Chiefs decided to release him.
Hunt signed with Cleveland Browns in February but remained on the Commissioner’s Exempt list until the league investigated the events in the video.
After finding out the length of his suspension, Kareem Hunt decided to accept his punishment and won’t appeal.
“I want to again apologize for my actions last year,” – said Hunt in a statement. “I know that my behavior hurt a lot of people, and I again apologize to them. I respect the league’s decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner [Roger] Goodell last week. I’m grateful for my time with the Browns over the last month and thankful to all the people in the organization that have welcomed me. I also appreciate all of the support I received from my union through this process. My commitment to earning the trust of the league, my teammates, the organization and this community through my actions will continue, and I understand there is a lot of hard work ahead of me before I’m able to fully return to playing the game I love.”
Kansas City Chiefs drafted Kareem Hunt in the third round of 2017 draft, and he quickly established himself as a game-changing player for the team. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season after rushing for 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns. He also added 53 receptions for 455 yards and three touchdowns.
Prior to his release, Hunt played 11 games in 2018 season, rushing for 824 yards and seven touchdowns.