Hunt’s suspension comes from the February 2018 episode where he was shown on video shoving and kicking on a female throughout an early-morning altercation out his downtown Cleveland residence.
The video, and the simple fact that Hunt had whined about this, prompted the Kansas City Chiefs to release the running back on Nov. 30.
Hunt has advised the league he takes your choice.
Hunt will forfeit $303,529 of the $645,000 base salary using his eight-game suspension. Upon return he will have a opportunity to earn $200,000 in per-game roster bonuses. He will then be a restricted free agent next offseason for the Browns.
“I wish to apologize for my activities last year. I know that my behaviour hurt plenty of people, and that I apologize for them,” Hunt said in a statement published by this team. “I honor the league’s decision on discipline, and that I appreciate the time that I spent with Commissioner Goodell last week. I am thankful for my period with the Browns over the last month and thankful to all individuals in the company that have welcomed me. In addition, I appreciate all of the support I received from my own union through this process. My commitment to getting the confidence of this league, my teammates, the company and this community through my activities will last, and that I understand there’s lots of work before me I’m able to completely come back to playing with the game I love.”
Browns general director John Dorsey drafted Search for the Chiefs in 2017, when Dorsey was the team’s GM.
“I need everyone to know we’ve done extensive research in relation to the circumstance, this player,” Dorsey told me a month in explaining why the team declared Hunt. “He understands and carries full responsibility for its egregious act he perpetrated. He’s very remorseful for his actions”
Hunt directed the NFL in rushing as a rookie in 2017 using 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns in helping Kansas City be eligible for the play offs. He also had 53 receptions for 455 yards and three touchdowns.