Browns RB Kareem Hunt suspended for 8 games


The NFL has suspended Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt for eight games over footage which showed him kicking and shoving a woman previous year.

The league's last eight-game suspension is believed to be for former Rams safety T.J. McDonald, who was arrested in May 2017 after he was suspected of driving under the influence of prescription drugs and pleaded no contest earlier that year to a charge of "wet reckless" - which in essence is a reduced form of a DUI charge. "I know that my behavior hurt a lot of people, and I again apologize to them". Hunt was having an exceptional season before footage of him assaulting a woman surfaced which resulted in him being cut from the team.

The Chiefs released Hunt after they found him to be dishonest about the incident involving the kicking and shoving of the woman.

After the signing, Hunt issued a statement in which he once again apologized for the incident that occurred last February, and said he is "committed to following the necessary steps to learn and to be a better and healthier person from this situation".

"PRS Agency stands behind our client, Kareem Hunt, in his decision to accept the suspension handed down by the National Football League today", Hunt's agent, Dan Saffron, said in a statement to ESPN.

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Hunt spent the last five games of the 2018 season on the Commissioners exempt list after being cut by the Kansas City Chiefs. I also appreciate all of the support I received from my union through this process.

Hunt led the National Football League with 1,327 yards rushing as a rookie in 2017 with Kansas City and was named to the Pro Bowl. "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". The findings followed a detailed investigation by the National Football League, which included reviewing available law enforcement records, video and electronic communications, interviews with numerous witnesses, and multiple interviews with Hunt.

Hunt's Browns will play the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium at some point during the 2018 season.

Because the suspension is one without pay, Hunt will forfeit $303,529 of his base salary. He'll then be a restricted free agent next offseason for the Browns.