The Cleveland Browns face a PR storm after common supervisor John Dorsey admitted he didn’t communicate to the lady who was assaulted by Kareem Hunt.
On Monday, the Browns confirmed they’d signed the working again to a one-year deal, solely 4 months after a video emerged exhibiting him shoving and kicking a lady.
Hunt was launched by the Kansas City Chiefs launched in November, shortly after footage of the incident emerged.
Dorsey acknowledged the choice to signal Hunt got here with numerous dangers, however insisted the group had carried out a radical investigation on the 23-year-old.
“I want everybody to know we have done extensive research in regards to this case, this player,” Dorsey was quoted as saying by ESPN. “He understands and takes full responsibility for the egregious act he committed. He is extremely remorseful for his actions.”
However, in accordance with ESPN and the Associated Press, the Browns common supervisor admitted neither he nor anybody from the crew had spoken to the sufferer of the assault.
Nobody from the Browns spoke with teams who marketing campaign towards home violence and violence towards girls both, however Dorsey confirmed he intends to take action.
Hunt, who was additionally accused of punching a person in June, was neither arrested nor confronted costs for the assault, which unfolded in Cleveland in February final 12 months.
“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,” Dorsey stated in an announcement on Monday, as per NBC.
“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.”
Dorsey added the Browns will undertake a zero tolerance coverage in the direction of the working again and stated he hoped the NFL’s investigation into the incident will conclude by March.
The league positioned Hunt on the commissioner’s exempt listing earlier than he was launched and he is not going to be eligible to play till the NFL completes its investigation.
A 3rd-round choose within the 2017 draft, Hunt led the NFL in dashing yards in his rookie season with 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns. Last season, he rushed for 824 yards and 7 touchdowns, including seven receiving scores within the 11 video games he performed earlier than being launched.
The former Toledo pupil apologized to the lady, the Chiefs and his household after he was launched in November and reiterated the stance on Monday.
“What I did was wrong and inexcusable,” he stated, as per a Browns’ official assertion.
“That isn’t the person I used to be raised to be, and I’ve discovered an ideal deal from that have and definitely ought to have been extra truthful about it after the very fact […]
“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.”
Hunt shall be a restricted free agent as soon as his deal expires and the Browns will retain his rights after subsequent season.