Kareem Hunt investigation: NFL suspends Cleveland Browns running back for eight games

Kareem Hunt goes over for the Chiefs
Kareem Hunt goes over for the Chiefs

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt will miss half of the new NFL season after the league gave him an eight-game ban for violating its personal conduct policy.

Hunt was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs after a video emerged of him appearing to attack a woman in a hotel corridor.

Hunt was the top running back in the NFL last season and was starring again for a fine Chiefs team who came with a few plays of making the Super Bowl this year.

The 23-year-old was signed by the Browns last month, as their general manager John Dorsey is the man who drafted Hunt for the Chiefs in 2017 and believes he deserves a second chance.

If he does pay for the Browns in the new season, it won't be until they've completed half of their schedule as the NFL revealed his ban, which comes as the result of two separate incidents.

"Kareem Hunt of the Cleveland Browns was notified today that he has been suspended without pay for the Browns' first eight regular-season games for violations of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy in connection with physical altercations at his residence in Cleveland last February and at a resort in Ohio last June," read a statement by the NFL.

"The findings followed a detailed investigation by the NFL, which included reviewing available law enforcement records, video and electronic communications, interviews with numerous witnesses, and multiple interviews with Hunt.

"Hunt has advised the league office that he accepts responsibility for his conduct and the discipline that has been imposed. He has committed to take advantage of available resources to help him grow personally and as a member of the Cleveland community, and to live up to his obligations as an NFL player.

"The eight-game suspension will take effect as of the final roster reduction on August 31. Hunt will be eligible to play in the Browns' ninth regular season game."

Dorsey says he believes Hunt is trying to start fresh, and should he play for Cleveland next season he'll join a star-studded offensive unit - boosted recently by the signing of Odell Beckham Jr and already containing talented quarterback Baker Mayfield and exciting running back Nick Chubb.

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