CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Browns will be without Pro Bowl running back Kareem Hunt for the first eight games of the season for two physical altercations over the last 13 months, but he can join Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. and the rest of the Browns’ explosive offense for the second half of the season.
In a statement released by the Browns, Hunt said he’ll accept the suspension without pay handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and not appeal.
“I want to again apologize for my actions last year,” Hunt said. “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.”
The NFL suspended Hunt for two of three physical altercations they investigated. In February of 2017, he was captured on video shoving and kicking a woman in the hallway outside of his downtown Cleveland apartment, Metropolitan at the 9. In June, he allegedly punched a man at a resort on Put-in-Bay island in Ohio. No criminal charges have been filed against Hunt in either incident.
The NFL also investigated a third altercation allegedly involving Hunt, but he was not penalized for that, nor will he be, according to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy. In January of 2017, a man alleged that Hunt and his then teammate George Atkinson assaulted him in a Kansas City nightclub. Police were not called to the club, and no video of the incident exists.
The NFL factored in that Hunt missed the last five games of last season after the Chiefs cut him, and was not paid during that time. Other players in similar situations have been placed on the NFL Commissioner’s exempt list but still got paid because they remained with their clubs.
Based on his base salary of $645,000, the suspension will cost Hunt just over $303,529 — eight game checks worth $37,941 each. He signed a one-year deal with the Browns on Feb. 11 worth up to just over $1.1 million, including a roster bonus of $275,000, a workout bonus of $55,000 and per-game active bonuses of $25,000.
Last season, he lost $129,381 when the Chiefs cut him on Nov. 30, the same day he was placed on the Commissioner Exempt list when the video surfaced on TMZ.
The suspensions followed a thorough investigation by the NFL, “which included reviewing available law enforcement records, video and electronic communications, interviews with numerous witnesses, and multiple interviews with Hunt,” according …read more
Source:: Daily times