Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
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GM: Browns will have a zero-tolerance policy with Hunt

GM: Browns will have a zero-tolerance policy with Hunt

According to Dorsey, the NFL told the Browns that the league's investigation would be wrapping up in "a few weeks", and while he did not specify his reasons, they did not wait to see what those findings were before signing him.

One of the reasons many folks question the move by the Cleveland Browns and GM John Dorsey to sign running back Kareem Hunt is the impact on the personnel already in the backfield. "But after doing extensive research, analyzing the situation, we came to the conclusion that I'm willing to help a man from a second chance moving forward to be a better person".

"What I do believe is people do make mistakes and that if they vetted him and believe he is remorseful he should be given a second chance", said Reece.

"I truly, in my heart of hearts, believe there is a humble soul within that person, I really do", Dorsey said.

The second incident only came to light after TMZ obtained a disturbing video that showed Hunt shoving a woman twice. The roster move was accompanied by relatively lengthy statements by Hunt and general manager John Dorsey, referencing (in non-specific terms), "my actions a year ago", and, "his egregious actions".

"This organization has always prided itself on being very collaborative in terms of how we go about making decisions", Dorsey said.

When might the Browns know Hunt's fate?

In their investigation of that incident, Dorsey said that he did not speak with the victim, but their findings ultimately made them comfortable enough to sign Hunt, who led the National Football League in rushing with 1,327 yards as a rookie in 2017.

The league placed Hunt on the commissioner's exempt list before he was released and he will not be eligible to play until the NFL completes its investigation. "What I did was wrong and inexcusable", Hunt said.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said last month at the Super Bowl that he expected the league's inquiry to end soon and that a "tremendous amount of progress" has been made recently, meaning a potential suspension for Hunt should be announced in short order. "We all understand that", Dorsey said.

"First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions previous year". That is not the man I was raised to be, and I've learned a great deal from that experience and certainly should have been more truthful about it after the fact.

The best outcome is that Hunt stays committed to the "necessary professional treatment" that the Browns say he has been receiving and does not re-offend.

"Here at the Browns, there is a detailed plan with expectations laid out that he understands and must follow, because any similar incident will not be tolerated". Again, he has to earn the trust of everybody within this organization and the city of Cleveland. In 11 games, he amassed 824 yards and seven touchdowns. Even though he will be 28 years old and entering the final year of his contract, the reality is the offensive line was a bigger problem for the Texans and would be a still prohibitive element that would curtail any production a big-play back like Hunt would provide.

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