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Baker Mayfield Absurdly Tries to Make Excuses for 'Great Kid' Kareem Hunt

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns walks off the field after the Browns lost to the Baltimore Ravens 26-24 at M&T Bank Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rob Carr

Sometimes it's just better to say nothing at all than to say something stupid. This certainly applies to the most recent comments from Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield about new teammate Kareem Hunt, the former Chiefs running back currently under league suspension for blatantly attacking a woman.

Look, I get it, you don't want to rag on a teammate, but you don't have to praise him as a "great kid," either. Hunt was released by the Kansas City Chiefs after a video surfaced of him kicking and shoving a woman during an altercation at a Cleveland hotel. To brush that off as just another mistake a young athlete could make is tone-deaf at the very least.

Hunt later became a free agent and saw the Browns scoop him up despite all of the uncertainty surrounding his status. Hunt will serve an eight-game suspension during the 2019 season, and when he returns, he will give Mayfield perhaps the best running back tandem in the league with Hunt and Nick Chubb. But gridiron prowess doesn't make Mayfield's comments any less moronic.

Sure, he should be excited at the prospect of playing with Hunt purely in football terms, but these comments are absurd, and the timing couldn't be worse. Hitting a woman is not a "mistake." It's a disgusting act. Has Mayfield made mistakes of his own so far in his life? Yes, but even running from the cops and getting arrested doesn't even remotely compare to what Hunt has done. Expressing what appears to be empathy for the guy is simply outrageous, and a poor attempt at leadership.

Baker, you seem like a good enough kid yourself, and you represent the first glimmer of hope that the Browns have had in decades. But sometimes, it's better to err on the side of staying quiet and letting these processes play themselves out.