NFL Network reported that Hunt has accepted the punishment and opted not to appeal. That's the nice way of saying a video showing him shoving and kicking a woman last February was obtained by TMZ and went viral.
Here is the full National Football League statement on Kareem Hunt's suspension, the resolution of a lengthy investigation. However, with the serious nature of Hunt's incident that was caught on video, along with the other allegations, the National Football League was smart to go above the standard discipline.
The statement continues: "Hunt has advised the league office that he accepts responsibility for his conduct and the discipline that has been imposed".
Still, the eight games is less than many expected as Goodell was trying to make an example out of Hunt. With the active-roster bonuses, though, he could earn $200,000 upon return. He'll then be a restricted free agent next offseason for the Browns.
"I want to again apologize for my actions a year ago". The Chiefs released Hunt in the middle of the 2018 regular season shortly after the video emerged.
Hunt has apologised again and said he "respects the league's decision on discipline". I'm grateful for my time with the Browns over the last month and thankful to all the people in the organization that have welcomed me. I also appreciate all of the support I received from my union through this process. The official schedules are not out yet, so it remains to be seen if the Chiefs and Browns will play in the first or second half of the season. He's getting an eight-game suspension. The Browns expect him to be present for the start of offseason workouts April 1.
After the signing, Hunt issued a statement in which he once again apologized for the incident that occurred last February, and said he is "committed to following the necessary steps to learn and to be a better and healthier person from this situation". The act he did past year ― it was egregious.
Running back Kareem Hunt #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs ... He also showed his versatility by catching 53 passes for 455 yards and three TDs.
Last season, Hunt finished the year with 824 yards and seven touchdowns through 11 games.