The NFL has suspended Cleveland Browns operating again Kareem Hunt for the primary eight video games of the upcoming season for violating its private conduct coverage, the league introduced.

Hunt’s suspension stems from a February 2018 incident through which he was proven on video shoving and kicking a girl throughout an early-morning altercation outdoors his downtown Cleveland residence.

The video, and the truth that Hunt had lied about it, prompted the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs to launch the operating again on Nov. 30.

Hunt has suggested the league that he accepts the choice.

Hunt will forfeit $303,529 of his $645,000 base wage along with his eight-game suspension. Upon return he’ll have an opportunity to earn $200,000 in per-game roster bonuses. He’ll then be a restricted free agent subsequent offseason for the Browns.

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“I need to once more apologize for my actions final 12 months. I do know that my habits harm lots of people, and I once more apologize to them,” Hunt mentioned in a press release launched by the crew. “I respect the league’s determination on self-discipline, and I respect the time I spent with Commissioner Goodell final week. I am grateful for my time with the Browns during the last month and grateful to all of the folks within the group which have welcomed me. I additionally respect all the help I acquired from my union by way of this course of. My dedication to incomes the belief of the league, my teammates, the group and this neighborhood by way of my actions will proceed, and I perceive there may be loads of arduous work forward of me earlier than I will totally return to taking part in the sport I like.”

Browns basic supervisor John Dorsey drafted Hunt for the Chiefs in 2017, when Dorsey was the crew’s GM.

“I need all people to know we have now achieved intensive analysis with reference to this case, this participant,” Dorsey informed reporters final month in explaining why the crew signed Hunt. “He understands and takes full accountability for the egregious act he dedicated. He’s extraordinarily remorseful for his actions.”

Hunt led the NFL in speeding as a rookie in 2017 with 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns in serving to Kansas Metropolis qualify for the playoffs. He additionally had 53 receptions for 455 yards and three touchdowns. Final season, he rushed for 824 yards and 7 touchdowns in 11 video games and had seven receiving touchdowns earlier than he was launched.

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