Kareem Hunt: 'I got to earn people's trust back'

Paola Ditto
Mag 16, 2019

It was a pretty shocking visual which led to his release from the Kansas City Chiefs.

"My relationship and interaction with Kareem since 2016 in college was an important part of this decision-making process but we then did extensive due diligence with many individuals, including clinical professionals, to have a better understanding of the person he is today and whether it was prudent to sign him", Dorsey said at the time. "It was hard. I didn't really watch the video for a long, long time". After months of uncertainty, the Cleveland Browns made a decision to sign Hunt to a contract.

"I'm going to learn from it and just move forward".

The signing drew a lot of controversy when considering the circumstances of his well-documented release from the Kansas City Chiefs on November 30, 2018, after video showed Hunt pushing and kicking a woman.

"That's where it needs to come from, it needs to come from his heart and his words", first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens said.

"Only way, my actions", Hunt said.

Hunt is suspended for the first eight games of the regular season, but acknowledged he still has to prove his sincerity.

"I told him, 'You can trust me.' I've got to earn his trust, and I've got to earn everybody's trust in the whole organization", he said. We wouldn't doubt that Hunt is a fine teammate on and off the field.

"Whenever I get the opportunity to play or not, I'll be ready", he said. "Give them somebody to look up to and explain that nobody's flawless and you gotta learn from your mistakes and don't make the same mistakes".

Hunt has been undergoing weekly counseling to help control his behavior. Not for anger issues necessarily - "I'm not an angry person at all". I just felt like I had to make better decisions.

"It's definitely changed me a lot as a person, just helping me become a stronger person and just bettering myself and figuring out things that I can work on to be better".

"I have not, but if I was to see her, I would apologize to her face", Hunt explained.

"I told [Dorsey] 'You can trust me, '" said Hunt. "Everybody that has been around him knows who he is, so I think he is being given a second chance and will take advantage of it".

In the video, Hunt is shown allegedly attacking, kicking and shoving the woman. Hunt, who had previously apologized publicly for his actions, said Wednesday he hasn't been in contact with the woman involved. I make a mistake on the field, I'm not going to do it again.

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