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Kareem Hunt suspended: Cleveland Browns RB banned 8 games

15 March 2019

The NFL have suspended Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt for eight games for violating its personal conduct policy.

Hunt led the National Football League with 1,327 yards rushing as a rookie in 2017 with Kansas City and was named to the Pro Bowl.

"I want everybody to know we have done extensive research in regards to this case, this player", Dorsey told reporters last month in explaining why the team signed Hunt.

Responding to the news in a statement through his team, Hunt said he accepted the suspension.

Hunt admitted he was "in the wrong" and apologized to the woman in the video, the Chiefs organization, and his family.

The Chiefs released Hunt the day the video surfaced last November, and he signed with his hometown Browns in February.

Hunt has apologised again and said he "respects the league's decision on discipline". "I know that my behavior hurt a lot of people, and I again apologize to them. 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 National Football League player".

The Browns' signing of Hunt was seen as controversial by many following a video released by TMZ a year ago that showed him shoving, pushing and kicking a woman at The Metropolitan at the 9 Hotel in Cleveland in February 2018.

Dorsey worked as the Chiefs general manager from 2013 to 2016.

The NFL said in a statement Hunt's ban is the result of two separate incidents. "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". "I know he has been diligently working on that".

Now it might be Baker Mayfield who ends up with the last laugh. Hunt will be eligible to participate in offseason activities and preseason games, and his suspension will begin when regular-season rosters are cut to 53 on August 31.

Hunt's arrival has made Browns third-down running back Duke Johnson expendable and the team has considered trading him. Last year, his second in the league, he recorded 824 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in 11 games. The Browns can hold on to Johnson well into October if they wish, add something at a position of need for Johnson in-season, and then get a super-motivated Hunt, playing for his National Football League career on a one-year deal, down the stretch.

Kareem Hunt suspended: Cleveland Browns RB banned 8 games