Following two violent incidents, the NFL has suspended Kareem Hunt for eight games without pay for violating their personal conduct policy. A video of Hunt shoving and kicking a woman at a Cleveland hotel surfaced online in December. Last June, he allegedly punched a man at an Ohio resort during an argument.
As TMZ reports, the NFL said, "Hunt has advised the league office that he accepts responsibility for his conduct and the discipline that has been imposed. He has committed to take advantage of available resources to help him grow personally and as a member of the Cleveland community, and to live up to his obligations as an NFL player." ESPN's NFL insider Adam Schefter also confirmed the news.
"The eight-game suspension will take effect as of the final roster reduction on August 31," the NFL revealed. "Hunt will be eligible to play in the Browns' ninth regular season game." After footage of the assault made the rounds, Hunt sat down for an interview with ESPN. "I'm asking for forgiveness and I definitely believe I deserve forgiveness," he explained. He sought professional help following the attack.
Hunt has released a statement once again apologizing for his actions. "I know that my behavior hurt a lot of people, and I again apologize to them," he said. "I respect the league's decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner Goodell last week." The Cleveland Browns signed the former Kansas City Chiefs running back last month.