Goodell willing to consider letting Kareem Hunt be with team during suspension

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The Browns are hoping to have Kareem Hunt around the team during his eight-game suspension this year, and the NFL sounds willing to consider the possibility.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said during his press conference last night that he’d be open-minded, as long as Hunt fulfilled the prescribed steps after his physical altercation with a female which was captured on videotape.

“I left open the door that maybe for a portion of the suspension, that I would allow access back into the facility in an earlier stage,’’ Goodell said. “We have done that frequently in the context of longer suspensions in the best interest of the player, so that a player can adjust back in, have the opportunity to get back into the workout routine including practices, potentially.

“But, a lot of that will be dependent on consistency with things we agreed to when I met with Kareem. What we laid out and what we agreed to as far as using the resources of the league and the Players Association to make sure that he’s making better decisions going forward, and that was very clearly stated. I expect that will be the foundation of any decision I make on that point.”

The handling of the former Chiefs running back has drawn criticism, but the team has stood behind a guy who has never played a down for them. He’s currently undergoing anger management counseling and performing community service

Owner Dee Haslam told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that her conversations with Hunt before he was signed were convincing.

“That was the main thing that led us to say yes,” Haslam said. “He’s a really nice young man who obviously made some horrendous mistakes but owns those. He owned them. Wants to do better. Wants to be a better person. Listening to John [Dorsey] and Freddie [Kitchens], they felt confident he would contribute to the team and could do this. It’s up to Kareem. He has to prove it. But he’s a young man who made a terrible mistakes. It’s something we put a lot of thought into.

“Everything is up to him. Obviously there are no guarantees here. He seemed very sincere and very remorseful. He realized his actions were unacceptable.”

And it seems that if he follows through with his program and avoids future trouble, the league is willing to work with him.

21 responses to “Goodell willing to consider letting Kareem Hunt be with team during suspension

  1. He hasn’t let other teams have suspended players on site, Browns should not get this exemption.

  2. Gee ole Rog, I don’t recall that same consideration given to Zeke in that railroad job you did to him and the Cowboys. You know the one; the police said she was lying and failed to press charges and the lead investigator from the NFL recommended no action. That didn’t stop you with him…what makes Hunt so special?

  3. Let’s see.. Zeke, TB12, Lane Johnson..All three are best at their positions or at least top 3. All three suspended and were not allowed at their teams facility. Sean Peyton, I can go on. These players and or coaches took their suspensions and improved their skill or personality better while away..Mr Hunt can too..

  4. Goodell said. “We have done that frequently in the context of longer suspensions in the best interest of the player, so that a player can adjust back in, have the opportunity to get back into the workout routine including practices, potentially.”

    Ok, maybe you have. But if it were “frequent” I think I’d remember at least one occurrence.

  5. harrisonhits2 says:
    March 27, 2019 at 1:45 pm
    He hasn’t let other teams have suspended players on site, Browns should not get this exemption.

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    Exactly right. Are they intending to say that it’s somehow better to smack someone around, than unknowingly take a PED or smoke pot? Not that I’m for doing either of the last two, but why the exception?

  6. Bob says: “Ok, maybe you have. But if it were “frequent” I think I’d remember at least one occurrence.”
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    Mychal Kendricks – Suspended 8 games Oct 2018 (Wk 6). Back at practice with Seattle after Week 10
    Josh Brent – Suspended 10 games Sept 2014. Back at practice with Cowboys after Week 6
    Chris Henry – Suspended 8 games May 2007. Back at practice with Bengals after Week 4.

    NEED MORE?

  7. How about allowing it if the Chiefs get, like, the Brown’s third round pick for the 2019 Draft. I’d be okay with this exemption if the previous team got compensated for their loss.

  8. I don’t understand why isolating the player from the culture of the team is necessary. He’s already not playing and not getting paid. Aren’t there instances where being around an organized structure is beneficial to the player?

  9. What is different about this than any previous suspension? Goodell just makes stuff up as he goes along.

  10. They’ll probably not throw him a Smollett. It’s how we roll these days. Kraft, though likely to be not found guilty by a court of anything wrong will be punished by the league. Such is justice in the USA these days.

  11. steelpenguin6687 says:
    March 27, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    “…unknowingly take a PED…”

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    When was the last time you unknowingly took a PED?

  12. racistchecker says:
    March 28, 2019 at 12:19 am
    For some strange reason, the NFL really wants Cleveland to be good!
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    Yes, letting Kareem Hunt into the facility turned the team around and are now Super Bowl bound.

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