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Browns sign Kareem Hunt, who was cut by Chiefs for violence against a woman

The Cleveland Browns have signed running back Kareem Hunt, who was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs in late November after video was released showing him shoving and kicking a woman in an incident earlier last year in a Cleveland hotel.

Hunt returns to what amounts to unpaid leave on the commissioner’s exempt list with his signing by the Browns, and he still faces a potential suspension without pay by the NFL next season under its personal conduct policy.

“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,” Browns General Manager John Dorsey said in a written statement released by the team. “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 said the Browns “fully understand” that Hunt remains subject to discipline by the league.

“Here at the Browns, there is a detailed plan with expectations laid out that he understands and must follow, because any similar incident will not be tolerated,” Dorsey said. “We will support Kareem through this process and utilize our resources, however permitted, to help him become successful on and off the field as long as he continues to show the commitment necessary to represent this organization.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said during Super Bowl week that the league was close to completing its investigation of Hunt.

“That hopefully will happen soon,” Goodell said then. “But we haven’t completed the investigation. We’re working to do that. There has been a tremendous amount of progress, though, in that investigation over the last, I’d say, 30 to 60 days.”

Hunt was not charged with a crime in the incident last February. But the personal conduct policy empowers the league to discipline a player in the absence of criminal charges if the NFL believes it is warranted following an investigation.

When the Chiefs released Hunt soon after TMZ published video of the incident, they said he had not been truthful with team officials about what had happened.

“First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions last year,” Hunt said in a written statement released Monday by the Browns. “What I did was wrong and inexcusable. That is not the man I was raised to be, and I’ve learned a great deal from that experience and certainly should have been more truthful about it after the fact.

“I’m extremely grateful that John Dorsey, [Browns owners] Dee and Jimmy Haslam and the Cleveland Browns organization are granting me the opportunity to earn their trust and represent their organization in the best way possible on and off the field. 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. 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.”

Dorsey is the former general manager of the Chiefs and cited his relationship with Hunt.

“My relationship and interaction with Kareem since 2016 in college was an important part of this decision making process but we then did extensive due diligence with many individuals, including clinical professionals, to have a better understanding of the person he is today and whether it was prudent to sign him,” Dorsey said. “There were two important factors: one is that Kareem took full responsibility for his egregious actions and showed true remorse and secondly, just as importantly, he is undergoing and is committed to necessary professional treatment and a plan that has been clearly laid out.”

Hunt has local ties to the Cleveland area, having played high school football in nearby Willoughby and attended college at Toledo. Hunt was a Pro Bowl selection and led the league in rushing with 1,327 yards for the Chiefs in 2017. He ran for 824 yards in 11 games last season before being released.

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