After scandal: Browns bet on Kareem Hunt
The Cleveland Browns sold really well last season, although it wasn’t enough for their first play-off participation since 2002/03. Now, the long mocked franchise from Ohio is replenishing its future and securing the services of “scandal professional” and running machine Kareem Hunt.
In 2017, a certain Kareem Hunt was drawn by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third draft lap and in 86th place. As a result, the now 23-year-old Running Back made headlines – initially on a sporting level: 2151 Rushing Yards in 27 games, 15 touchdowns, plus 833 Receiving Yards (10 TDs). No question: Hunt advanced to a key player in the Offense for the football team from Missouri – and also played a significant part in the play-off run 2018/19 at the side of shooting star Patrick Mahomes (in the end the very tight overtime finish against the later super bowl champion New England Patriots around star quarterback Tom Brady).
But the flexible runner, who is regarded as robust and agile at the same time, certainly did not take part in this year’s final round any more. Why? Because a scandalous video had made the round and caused the Chiefs to be dismissed at the beginning of December 2018.
This clip showed Hunt physically attacking several women at once. This was obviously preceded by an argument between the player and a female person who was pushed by the running back and then fought back. The scene then escalates: Hunt can still be held back a little by the male companions, but still bumps a man into another woman who then falls to the ground.
“We learned of an incident at the beginning of the year in which Running Back Kareem Hunt was involved,” the Chiefs’ website said at the time. “That was when the NFL and the authorities started investigations. We had several direct talks with Kareem and he didn’t tell us the truth. The video published today confirms this. We are firing Kareem with immediate effect.”
Meanwhile, the Willoughby/Ohio-born actor trained at the University of Toledo (“First of all, I want to apologize for my actions, what I did was wrong and out of the question”) is repentant – and gets a second chance in the NFL. Because the Cleveland Browns, the Ohio football team close to his home, signed Hunt on Monday.
“We believe he deserves a second chance,” Browns General Manager John Dorsey, who drafted Hunt for the Chiefs at the time, is quoted as saying. The manager also says that Hunt is in professional care. Meanwhile, the NFL’s investigation into Hunt’s actions continues in February 2018 – a ban has not yet been imposed. The runner, who is grateful for the opportunity and wants to show exemplary behaviour on and off the field, has been on the exempt list since the incident and is therefore not eligible to play until the end of the investigation.