Before Tyreek Hill began dominating headlines for his terrible behavior, his former teammate Kareem Hunt also had his career turned upside for what he did off the field.
The now-Browns running back is trying to change his image going forward as he tries to make his way back to the field.
Hunt, who is suspended for the first eight games of the season as a result of him pushing and kicking a woman at a Cleveland hotel, is now receiving praise for how he is handling this entire situation.
In the past few weeks, Hunt has reportedly visited a number of local school groups and high school football teams to inform young men not to make the same mistake that he did.
Via Herald News:
“We all know he’s remorseful,” Dorsey said during an interview April 30 with Bull and Fox on 92.3 The Fan. “We’ve said this all along: You have to earn the right to be a member of this organization. There are no guarantees.
“I like the way he’s attacking this thing day in and day out. I applaud him for what he’s doing on the field and how hard he’s working. But what people don’t realize is once he’s off the field, he’s doing things unannounced. He’s actually going out and talking to young kids and working behind the scenes to teach young kids, ‘Don’t make the same mistake I made.’ ”
The Browns and Hunt have kept what he’s doing on the down low “because Hunt doesn’t want any attention to distract from his message. Plus, he doesn’t want anyone to get the idea he is grandstanding for the cameras.”
“First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions last year,” Hunt said in a statement the day the Browns signed him. “What I did was wrong and inexcusable. That is not the man I was raised to be.
“I’m extremely grateful that John Dorsey, (Browns owners) Dee and Jimmy Haslam and the Cleveland Browns organization are granting me the opportunity to earn their trust and represent their organization in the best way possible on and off the field…
“I’m a work in progress as a person, but I’m committed to taking advantage of the support systems that I have in place to become the best and healthier version of myself.”
Hunt rushed for 824 yards and seven touchdowns in 11 games and had 26 catches for 378 yards and seven touchdowns before the Chiefs released him.