CLEVELAND (AP) — The NFL suspended Browns working again Kareem Hunt for eight video games after a video confirmed him kicking a lady and his involvement in a combat at a resort.
The league on Friday cited a violation of its private conduct coverage “for physical altercations at his residence in Cleveland last February and at a resort in Ohio last June.” Hunt is not going to be paid through the half-season suspension, which he is not going to enchantment.
The league lately accomplished an investigation that included a evaluate of regulation enforcement data, video and digital communications and interviews with witnesses in addition to Hunt, who mentioned he met with Commissioner Roger Goodell final week.
The 23-year-old mentioned he desires to “again apologize for my actions.”
Hunt might be allowed to apply with the Browns via coaching camp till the suspension begins Aug. 31 after the ultimate roster discount. Hunt has been figuring out on the Browns’ facility in Berea, Ohio, and is scheduled to participate within the group’s offseason program beginning April 1.
Hunt was launched final season by the Kansas City Chiefs after a video surfaced displaying him pushing and kicking a lady. The footage drew a public outcry and led to the Chiefs slicing ties with one in all their finest gamers amid a Super Bowl push. Hunt later admitted mendacity to the Chiefs.
The Browns signed Hunt in February, saying he was remorseful. General supervisor John Dorsey drafted Hunt whereas he was in Kansas City and felt the Ohio native was contrite and deserved a second probability.
“I know that he has really done a nice job of being committed and of doing that work so that he can be the best version of himself,” Dorsey mentioned Thursday. “I know he has been diligently working on that.”
The league mentioned Hunt has informed them he’s dedicated to “available resources” and he has pledged to stay up his obligations.
“I want to again apologize for my actions last year,” Hunt mentioned in an announcement launched by the Browns. “I do know that my conduct damage lots of people, and I once more apologize to them. I respect the league’s resolution on self-discipline, and I respect the time I spent with Commissioner Goodell final week. I’m grateful for my time with the Browns over the past month and grateful to all of the individuals within the group which have welcomed me.
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“I additionally respect the entire assist I obtained from my union via this course of. My dedication to incomes the belief of the league, my teammates, the group and this neighborhood via my actions will proceed, and I perceive there may be a variety of arduous work forward of me earlier than I’m in a position to totally return to taking part in the sport I really like.”
Hunt’s suspension comes throughout a busy week for the Browns, who acquired star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Tuesday in a commerce with the New York Giants.
The Browns signed Hunt to a one-year contract Feb. 11 figuring out he was dealing with a possible lengthy suspension. Dorsey didn’t excuse Hunt’s conduct and mentioned he was keen to assist a younger man who had made a mistake.
Hunt led the league in dashing as a rookie with 1,327 yards, scoring eight touchdowns. He additionally confirmed his versatility by catching 53 passes for 455 yards and three TDs. In 11 video games final season, he ran for 824 yards and 7 touchdowns.