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The NFL has finally made their decision on Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt. He will receive an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy in connection with physical altercations at his residence in Cleveland last February and at a resort in Ohio last June.
Hunt was placed on the Commissioner Exempt list on November 30 and was released by his former team, Kansas City Chiefs, that same day. Hunt will not appeal the suspension, he accepts responsibility for his conduct and the discipline that has been imposed.
Kareem Hunt released this statement:
“I want to again apologize for my actions last year. I know that my behavior hurt a lot of people, and I again apologize to them. I respect the league’s decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner Goodell last week. 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. My commitment to earning the trust of the league, my teammates, the organization and this community through my actions will continue, and I understand there is a lot of hard work ahead of me before I’m able to fully return to playing the game I love.”
Hunt will forfeit $303,529 of his $645,000 base salary with a chance to earn $200,000 in per-game roster bonuses when he returns. During his suspension, Hunt will be allowed to practice with the team and also play in preseason games.
Hunt, 23, was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third-round in 2017. He appeared in 11 games last season rushing for 824 yards to go along with 26 receptions for 378 yards and 14 total touchdowns.
The Browns signed Hunt this offseason to a one-year contract worth about $1 million dollars (not factoring in the penalties from suspension).