Kareem Hunt is suspended the first eight games of the season, but the Cleveland Browns are raving about how he has handled himself since joining the team
After leading the NFL in rushing in 2017, things went bad for Kareem Hunt. The former Kansas City Chiefs running back was seen in a physical altercation with a female at a Cleveland hotel. In this video, he was seen pushing her and later kicking the woman.
Hunt was later released by the Chiefs, ending his 2018 season after playing just 11 games. Once the season ended, Hunt found a new home with the Cleveland Browns — a landing spot that was heavily predicted since he was from the area and general manager John Dorsey was the one who drafted Hunt at Kansas City.
Not long after he was signed, Hunt’s suspension was announced. Despite some reports he could be out for 10-12 games, the NFL handed him an eight-game suspension which Hunt wisely declined to appeal. He will serve his time and try to put his issue in the past.
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So far, he is apparently doing well in that regard. Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens recently spoke about the running back and said he’s exceeding expectation in their offseason work.
"“He is doing everything we are asking him to do. Exceeding expectations from the standpoint of how he is in the building, how he is around the players and how he is on the field. I have never been around him until now, but that’s what I see and that’s what we have gotten. He is doing things in the community. He is continuing to work on an everyday basis, and he is not taking any days off from the standpoint of becoming a better person, a better player, and I think everybody is going to see the benefits of that.” — Kitchens said via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk"
The Browns surely are taking a risk with Hunt. On the field, he’s a phenomenal player and will give defenses a hard time stopping. However, there’s always going to be backlash when a player with a checkered past is added — especially when it concerns domestic violence.
So far, things have been quiet though for Hunt, which is about the best the team can ask for. He has a long way to go in order to rebuild his image, assuming that could ever be done. The good news for him and the team is so far, he’s doing what’s being asked of him and working in that regard.