The Cleveland Browns made a controversial decision recently to sign free agent running back Kareem Hunt in early February.
Hunt was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs last year after video emerged of him shoving a woman and then kicking her while she was on the ground. He is also being investigated by the NFL for two other incidents in which he is accused of a violent attack.
On Wednesday at the combine, Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens addressed how the team intends to approach handling Hunt, noting the running back has a long ways to go before he can play for the team.
Freddie Kitchens says they’re in the people business, and right now they’re focused on making Kareem Hunt a better person, to set him up for the 50 years of his life after football. Says Hunt has a ways to go until he actually gets his 2nd chance.
— Omar Ruiz (@OmarDRuiz) February 27, 2019
Kitchens did also say that he thinks Hunt can have a big impact playing in his hometown and doesn’t see it as a negative, per Fred Greetham of 247Sports.
Right now, the Browns are saying the right things. But it’s worth noting that the team did not even speak with the woman whom Hunt is on video assaulting before they signed him, despite saying they had engaged in a “thorough investigation” into his off-field incidents.
Hunt is still subject to a punishment from the NFL and will likely be suspended at least six games. So, he does have a ways to go before he can play.