In a shocking turn of events, the Cleveland Browns announced on Monday that they've signed running back Kareem Hunt, who was released by the Kansas City Chiefs on December 1 after a disturbing video came out of him assaulting a woman.
Browns GM John Dorsey came out immediately with a statement about the signing of Hunt, proving that he believes in the talented back's redemption story:
“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. 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,” Dorsey laid out. Many, of course, will disagree with his logic.
Statement from GM John Dorsey: pic.twitter.com/TUgoBalvkg— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) February 11, 2019
There had been teams linked to signing Hunt in recent hours, including the Chicago Bears (with his ex-coach Matt Nagy at the helm) and Buffalo Bills. The addition of Hunt will be under intense scrutiny, and though he comes cheap, this will certainly be a stain on the Browns organization from the outset.
The #Browns signed RB Kareem Hunt to a 1-year deal that could be worth more than $1M not factoring in the suspension, source said. More than the minimum. After this year, he’ll be an RFA.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 11, 2019
That suspension will be at least six games, potentially more.