Browns Receive Backlash after Kareem Hunt Signing

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Most of us remember former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt was involved with a domestic violence case last year.  If not, the situation involved Hunt kicking a women in a hotel, after a dispute back in February, 2018. After being released by authorities, Hunt’s incident was caught on video and eventually leaked to the public. It is safe to say after the video was released, many of us believed we would never see Kareem Hunt on an NFL roster again.

However, after four months, Kareem Hunt will receive a second chance to play in the NFL. Earlier this week, GM Jon Dorsey and the Cleveland Browns, announced Kareem Hunt will be signed to the organization. Cleveland has reportedly signed the pro-bowl running back to a one year deal, which could be possibly worth more than 1 million dollars.

Cleveland Browns GM, John Dorsey, vouched for the former star running back and his healing process. Insisting that Hunt has taken all the necessary steps in showing remorse for what he did, and apologizing accordingly. Specifically, Dorsey released a statement saying, “Kareem took full responsibility for his egregious actions and showed true remorse.”

“Given what we know about Kareem, we believe he deserves a second chance,” Dorsey added. Via NBC News.

Although John Dorsey and the Cleveland Browns were willing to move on from Hunt’s prior situation, a large group of people remain unremorseful for what Hunt did last year. The brunt of the opposition to the decision to sign Hunt, has come from women’s rights and feminist groups around the country.

The president of the National Organization for Women, Toni Van Pelt, believes the re-hiring of the player (Kareem Hunt) shows that the NFL does not care about the feelings of women.

“The message this sends is that money matters more than women,” Van Pelt said, adding, “Women don’t matter to the NFL, which is rather surprising because they’re a big part of the viewer audience.”

Another spokesman, Erin White, who represents a victim suffrage group called Safe Horizon, also showed distaste regarding the news involving Hunt.

 “Consistently, the message survivors hear is that their experiences aren’t valued. When we treat abuse or violence as a private problem or sweep it under the rug, that behavior is reinforced,” White told NBC.

With Hunt’s second chance, some strict rules are immediately attached. Kareem is essentially on a zero-tolerance policy with the Browns, with absolutely no room for mess up's of any kind. Hunt has reportedly undergone treatments for alcohol and anger management as well. He has made a promise to the public to come back a healthier and stronger man.

“First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions last year. What I did was wrong and inexcusable. That is not the man I was raised to be, and I’ve learned a great deal from that experience and certainly should have been more truthful about it after the fact. I’m extremely grateful that John Dorsey, 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 am committed to following the necessary steps to learn and to be a better and healthier person from this situation. I also understand the expectations that the Browns have clearly laid out and that I have to earn my way back to the NFL. 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 myself.” Said Hunt.

While large groups of people remain unapologetic to Kareem Hunt’s situation, with loads of hate coming in from all platforms of social media. I genuinely believe the man should have a second chance. Kareem has taken all the right steps to address the situation he was involved in, he has taken responsibility for his actions and has taken the proper steps to better himself as a person.