The NFL announced on Friday that it will be suspending Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt for the first eight games of the upcoming season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Here is the full NFL statement on Kareem Hunt’s suspension, the resolution of a lengthy investigation. pic.twitter.com/UUBt2zBTv8
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The league noted that the suspension was the result of an investigation into Hunt’s actions during a February 2018 incident that was caught on camera where he appeared to shove and kick a woman during a confrontation outside his apartment in downtown Cleveland. An additional incident from June 2018 at Put-in-Bay, Ohio was also a part of the league’s investigation.
Hunt, 23, is a Cleveland native that was released by the Kansas City Chiefs in November for lying to the organization about the two altercations. Hunt was not charged in either case and is not planning to appeal the league’s decision, a decision that will cost Hunt $303,529 of his $645,000 base salary according to ESPN. Hunt will be able to participate in the team’s preseason activities but will begin his suspension Aug. 31.
“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,” Hunt said. “I respect the league’s decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner [Roger] 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.”