Running back Kareem Hunt has been suspended the first eight games of the 2019 NFL season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. On Friday, the NFL came down with the ruling after meeting with the running back over the last week. Hunt will not appeal the decision and he submitted a statement following Roger Goodell’s decision.
Kareem Hunt Statement-
“I want to again apologize for my actions last year. 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 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.”
Hunt will be entering his third season with the NFL. He played his first two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. However, his second season was cut short due to lying to head coach Andy Reid. Once the video of the offseason incident surfaced, the Chiefs cut Hunt after 11 games. With Hunt, the Chiefs would have been heavy favorites to win the Super Bowl. Instead, they fell one game short in the AFC Championship game.
Hunt ran for 1,327 yards and 8 touchdowns during his rookie season. He was on pace for another great season with 824 yards and 7 touchdowns in 11 games. Hunt also caught 79 passes for 10 touchdowns in a Chiefs’ uniform. In all, Hunt left the Chiefs with 25 touchdowns in two seasons.
The Cleveland Browns took a chance on Hunt in February. They signed him to a team-friendly deal and knew a suspension was coming down the line. According to reports, they believed the suspension would be between 8 and 10 games. Meaning, they have been preparing for this moment. Moreover, Hunt will be able to complement running back Nick Chubb when he returns for the second half of the season.
Earlier in the week, the Browns acquired Odell Beckham Jr. via trade. Many believe the Browns are capable of winning the AFC North this coming season. Thanks to a stout defense and many offensive weapons, it may be the year.