The NFL has suspended Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt eight games without pay for violating the league's personal conduct policy, it was announced Friday. Cleveland signed Hunt after the season ended, knowing a lengthy suspension was likely imminent from the league. "I know that my behavior hurt a lot of people, and I again apologize to them". 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. Later in the video, the woman is crouched on the ground after trying to get up and Hunt is seen kicking her. Police were called to the hotel but no one was arrested and no charges were filed.
"The findings followed a detailed investigation by the National Football League, which included reviewing available law enforcement records, video and electronic communications, interviews with numerous witnesses and multiple interviews with Hunt", the National Football League said in a news release.
Hunt, now with the Cleveland Browns, has been fully cooperative in the investigation and accepts the NFL's ruling without appeal. I'm grateful for my time with the Browns over the last month and thankful to all the people in the organization that have welcomed me. I also appreciate all of the support I received from my union through this process.
Hunt led the National Football League in rushing in 2017 as a rookie with 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns in helping Kansas City qualify for the playoffs.
In 2018, while he was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Hunt was caught on video getting into a physical altercation with a woman, shoving and kicking her at one point. He is eligible to play in the Browns' ninth regular season game.
The NFL reportedly had trouble making contact with the victims in the case, which might have complicated their investigation.
ESPN reported Hunt will forfeit $303,529 of his $645,000 base salary. "We thought at the appropriate time with all the information we did have, how truly remorseful he was and. knowing when he comes here there are no guarantees, he's going to earn your respect with his actions".