Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt was in the news again this weekend with rumors of a bar fight. While it turns out it either was a minor argument or roughhousing with a friend, it was still a bad look for most of the day Monday for a player already on a short leash with the NFL.
When Kareem Hunt was signed by John Dorsey and the Cleveland Browns, many all over social media and the news were against it. Hunt was released from Kansas City after a video of him kicking a woman in a hotel in Ohio surfaced, and it was still fresh in everyone’s mind when he was signed in free agency.
While Hunt has received his sentence, an eight-game suspension to start the 2019 season, many are still calling for him to never see the field again in the league. Dorsey and the Browns organization, however, are ones who often give second and third chances.
Dorsey’s track record as a general manager has him taking many players with a checkered track record and some players with questionable character. Kareem Hunt is as talented a running back as there is in the league, so the risk is worth taking. But only to a certain degree.
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While it appears the “fight” that occurred in Cleveland was overblown, Hunt needs to exercise more caution. Cameras are everywhere, and people will always be in the right place to catch someone in the wrong if they act out.
Hunt has to keep that in mind and try to stay out of any situation that could bring to light his past troubles, or cause rumors to hurt his second chance in the league.
Cleveland has shown it’s always willing to give multiple chances. Take Josh Gordon, for example. After multiple chances, the team finally had to let him go after he failed to show he could change. Gordon lied about his injury, which came when he misled the team about the nature of a training photo shoot. That and the repeat issues with drugs were enough to show that he couldn’t be trusted.
Kareem Hunt could find himself in the same boat if he doesn’t use more caution. If he can’t show he has changed and can be trusted, he could find himself off the team at any given moment.
The worst thing for him is that he is from the area, and he has the same friends around that were there in his hotel incident. Unless he separates himself from these “friends,” he could continuously find himself in the wrong situation.
Second chances aren’t easy to come by. While one man or organization can believe in you, they can just as quickly move on from you and lose that trust in you. Kareem Hunt has the trust of Dorsey and the rest of the Cleveland Browns organization.
He can just as quickly lose it, though. Which is exactly why he should try and lay low, and keep himself away from any location or situation that others could use to shoot him down in his redemption tour.