Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Browns Risk Massive PR Sack By Signing Troubled Running Back Kareem Hunt

Browns Risk Massive PR Sack By Signing Troubled Running Back Kareem Hunt

The Cleveland Browns announced Monday that they have signed troubled running back Kareem Hunt, but they might not have been the only ones interested in Hunt's services.

The Bills still have LeSean McCoy under contract for one more season, but following the worst year of his career where he averaged 3.2 yards per career, it would be no surprise if the team was exploring other alternatives at the running back position. Dorsey concluded Hunt, who was caught on tape kicking and shoving a woman in a February 2018 incident at a Cleveland hotel, was "truly remorseful" and worthy of a second chance.

Hunt remains on suspension from the National Football League as an investigation is ongoing but the troubled running back released a statement after his signing, apologizing once again for his actions while thanking the Browns' organization for giving him a second chance.

"But we then did extensive due diligence with many individuals, including clinical professionals, to have a better understanding of the person he is today and whether it was prudent to sign him", said Dorsey, who was Kansas City's GM from 2013-16.

The difference between Kaepernick's apparent transgression and what Hunt did was cited on the Internet by more than a few observers Monday, including Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, who tweeted, "Kareem Hunt is ON VIDEO kicking a woman while she's on the ground and still got signed". Later that day, the Kansas City Chiefs released him and Damien Williams carried the Chiefs backfield for the remainder of the 2018 season.

"Given what we know about Kareem through our extensive research, we believe he deserves a second chance", the Browns said of Kareem Hunt.

In a statement, Dorsey said his previous relationship with the 23-year-old was part of the decision to sign Hunt.

"First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions previous year", Hunt said in a statement. "I was in the wrong", Hunt said.

At this time, the NFL's Conduct Committee has released no recommendation on punishment for Hunt's behavior previous year.

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.

With the Cleveland Browns coming out early and making the move to sign Hunt it has changed the Bears part in making any big decisions. He lied about what happened before he was released, and the Browns are counting on the Cleveland native to be straight with them and be a model citizen when he returns to play for his hometown team.

"I'm a work in progress as a person, but I'm committed to taking advantage of the support systems that I have in place to become the best and healthier version of myself", Hunt's statement read.

Hunt was a dynamic performer from the start of his rookie season when he led the league with 1,327 rushing yards, adding 53 receptions for 455 yards.

Hunt will team with Baker Mayfield in an offense that now looks more imposing. From this, we learned that he was untruthful about his actions and did not seek help to correct his violent behaviors until after the video was released and he lost his job in the NFL.

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