Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
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Kareem Hunt Suspension Announced

Kareem Hunt Suspension Announced

Browns running back Kareem Hunt has been suspended for eight games by the NFL for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy in connection with physical altercations in Cleveland in February 2018 and at an OH resort in June 2018, Browns officials confirmed in a news release Friday morning.

"PRS Agency stands behind our client, Kareem Hunt, in his decision to accept the suspension handed down by the National Football League today", Hunt's agent, Dan Saffron, said in a statement to ESPN.

Hunt's suspension stems from a February 2018 incident in which he was shown on video shoving and kicking a woman during an early-morning altercation outside his downtown Cleveland residence. He was placed on the league's Commissioner's Exempt List and released by the Chiefs in December after the video was published by TMZ and the Chiefs found he had not been truthful in telling them about the event.

"First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions a year ago".

The Browns signed Hunt in February.

If the Patriots do host the Browns in Week 1 of the National Football League season, they will not face running back Kareem Hunt. Hunt's suspension will take effect at the start of the season and he will be eligible to return for the Browns in Week 9. I'm extremely grateful that John Dorsey, Dee and Jimmy Haslam and the Cleveland Browns organization are granting me the opportunity to earn their trust and represent their organization in the best way possible on and off the field. However, with the serious nature of Hunt's incident that was caught on video, along with the other allegations, the National Football League was smart to go above the standard discipline. Later in the video, the woman is crouched on the ground after trying to get up and Hunt is seen kicking her. Police were called to the hotel but no one was arrested and no charges were filed.

The league on Friday cited a violation of its personal conduct policy "for physical altercations at his residence in Cleveland last February and at a resort in OH last June".

Running back Kareem Hunt #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs ...

The NFL has been criticized in the past for inconsistency with suspension length for various offenses.

Hunt, who will be a restricted free agent at the end of next season, issued a statement in which he reiterated his apology.

Before that, he was on pace to match or beat his 1327 rushing yards and had seven rushing touchdowns to go along with seven receiving touchdowns before being released.

Kareem Hunt, #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs, in a game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 28, 2018.

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