If a player is talented enough, NFL teams are more than willing to ignore off-the-field incidents
Somebody was going to pick up Kareem Hunt eventually. There was only so long a 23-year-old running back who led the league in rushing as recently as 2017 was going to remain without a team. Perhaps this was the most damning aspect of the Cleveland Browns making the move to sign a player caught kicking and pushing a woman on video: that there wasn’t much surprise involved.
On Monday, the Browns announced they had signed Hunt, reportedly to a one-year contract. It was only November, mind you, that the Kansas City Chiefs released the player after TMZ uncovered disturbing footage of the incident, for which Hunt was not arrested and did not face charges. According to ESPN, the NFL has not finished its investigation into the matter and Hunt will remain unable to play until the league makes a final verdict. When Browns owner John Dorsey was asked about his team’s stance towards violence against women, he responded: “I’m not going to be the spokesperson for the organization with regards to that.” Well, that should cover that.