Kareem Hunt suspended 8 games by National Football League after attack video

Ruben Hill
March 15, 2019

Former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt has been suspended eight games by the National Football League for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy.

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt was suspended for the first eight games of the 2018 season.

"I want to again apologize for my actions a year ago". "I know that my behavior hurt a lot of people, and I again apologize to them. I respect the league's decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner [Roger] Goodell last week". 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 also appreciate all of the support I received from my union through this process.

Hunt was on the commissioner's exempt list since November 30 during the NFL's investigation into a physical altercation captured by an OH hotel surveillance system in which Hunt shoved to the ground and kicked a woman. 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. During the altercation, Hunt is seen shoving her after she hits him in the face. The kick from Hunt, which is shown in the video, was reportedly not included in police reports by either party.

The NFL had waited to finish its investigation of that incident - along with a separate reported situation involving Hunt in which he allegedly punched a man in the face at an OH resort last June - before assessing his punishment.

The punishment handed out by the National Football League includes not only Hunt's actions at the Cleveland hotel where he was living in February of 2018, but also stems from a separate physical altercation "at a resort in OH last June". General manager John Dorsey drafted Hunt in Kansas City and felt the OH native was contrite and deserved a second chance.

The NFL has a baseline punishment of six games under the personal conduct policy for incidents involving violence, although there have been notable exceptions where suspensions have fallen below this mark.

Hunt released a statement through the Browns' organization accepting his suspension and expressing remorse for his alleged actions. He is scheduled to be a restricted free agent in March 2019.

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