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Browns sign ex-Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt as NFL investigation remains ongoing

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Browns sign ex-Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt as NFL investigation remains ongoing

The Cleveland Browns are giving Kareem Hunt another chance in the NFL.

The team announced Monday it had signed the former Kansas City Chiefs running back, who was waived in late November after a video emerged depicting him shoving and kicking a woman last February in an incident at a Cleveland hotel. 

Hunt was not arrested and no charges were made, but the Chiefs parted with him after the team said he “was not truthful” in discussions with management.

“First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions last year,” Hunt said in a statement through the team. “What I did was wrong and inexcusable. 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. 

“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. I am committed to following the necessary steps to learn and to be a better and healthier person from this situation. I also understand the expectations that the Browns have clearly laid out and that I have to earn my way back to the NFL. 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.”

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Hunt remains ineligible to play or practice while he is on the commissioner’s exempt list. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said before the Super Bowl the league was still investigating three separate off-field incidents involving Hunt, who could be subject to a suspension as part of the league’s conduct policy.

Browns general manager John Dorsey drafted Hunt in the third round out of Toledo in 2017 when he served in the same role for the Chiefs.

“My relationship and interaction with Kareem since 2016 in college was an important part of this decision making process 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,” Dorsey said in a statement. “There were two important factors: one is that Kareem took full responsibility for his egregious actions and showed true remorse and secondly, just as importantly, he is undergoing and is committed to necessary professional treatment and a plan that has been clearly laid out.

“We fully understand and respect the complexity of questions and issues in signing a player with Kareem’s history and do not condone his actions. Given what we know about Kareem through our extensive research, we believe he deserves a second chance but certainly with the understanding that he has to go through critical and essential steps to become a performing member of this organization, aside from what the NFL determines from their ongoing investigation. We fully understand that Kareem is subject to discipline by the NFL. 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. We will support Kareem through this process and utilize our resources, however permitted, to help him become successful on and off the field as long as he continues to show the commitment necessary to represent this organization.”

Follow Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on Twitter @MikeMSchwartz.

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