Browns take chance on troubled RB Hunt
Accused running back, subject of league probe, signs with Cleveland
Cleveland signed Kareem Hunt to a oneyear contract, giving the former star Chiefs running back a second chance after a video showed him pushing and kicking a woman.
BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns believe there’s remorse in Kareem Hunt’s heart. The NFL hasn’t gotten that far.
Following their own investigation, the Browns signed Hunt to a oneyear contract Monday, giving the former star Kansas City Chiefs running back a second chance after a video showed him pushing and kicking a woman.
“I think we’re all appalled by it,” general manager John Dorsey said at the Browns’ headquarters, hours after the team announced the controversial signing. “It is an egregious act. We all understand that. But after doing our research, extensive research, analyzing the situation, we came to the conclusion that I am willing to help a man from a second chance moving forward to be a better person, and that’s all you can ask for in society, and that’s all I’m trying to do.”
Soon after the disturbing video surfaced in December, Kansas City released the 23yearold Hunt, who was seen in a physical altercation with the woman last February during an argument in the lobby of a Cleveland hotel.
The move put Hunt’s career in peril and placed him on the commissioner’s exempt list. He was in his second season with the Chiefs and one of their best players after leading the league in rushing as a rookie.
Hunt, who sought treatment and counseling, could still be suspended by the league under its personal conduct policy for the incident and two others that surfaced after he was released by the Chiefs.
Until the league’s investigation is completed, the Browns won’t know if or when he’ll be able to play. Hunt has not been charged with a crime.
Panthers sign Reid: Eric Reid has signed a threeyear contract worth more than $22 million with the Carolina Panthers, a deal the safety believes is additional proof that NFL owners conspired to keep him out of the league last season.
Reid said Monday he believes he got “fair market value” after making just $1.69 million last season from the Panthers.
“If anything, it proves my point from last year,” Reid said.
“I didn’t sign until the [fourth] week and did for almost the league minimum. And this year I signed a more substantial contract. And nothing has changed. I’m still the same player.”
Reid still has a collusion case pending against NFL owners, alleging that he wasn’t signed last offseason as a direct result of his decision to kneel for the national anthem alongside former teammate Colin Kaepernick in protest of social and racial injustice.
Noted referee dies: Former NFL referee Red Cashion, a Texas A&M product known for his vociferous calls of “First down!” died Sunday. He was 87.
Cashion retired from the NFL in 1997 after officiating for 25 years, 21 of them as a referee. He worked two Super Bowls.
Running back Kareem Hunt signed a contract with Cleveland, though it’s uncertain when and if he can play as the NFL is still investigating assault allegations against him.