BEREA, Ohio — Kareem Hunt says he made “a mistake.” And now he’s out to benefit from a second probability afforded to him by the Cleveland Browns.
“I do know I’m not going to mess this up once more,” Hunt mentioned Wednesday after the group’s first OTA of the season.
The working again signed with the Browns in February after being lower by the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs when a video surfaced of Hunt shoving and kicking a feminine at a Cleveland lodge in 2018. Due to that night time, Hunt will miss the primary eight video games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL’s private conduct coverage.
Regardless of that incident occurring in Cleveland, Hunt looks like there was no higher spot for him to play than in his hometown.
“It undoubtedly turned out to be good touchdown in a state of affairs just like the Browns and being near house,” Hunt mentioned. “I’ve a variety of supporters and my household behind me and an ideal group just like the Browns.”
The 23-year-old Hunt mentioned a number of occasions Wednesday that he “made a mistake” and that he is aware of he must “make higher choices.” He additionally mentioned the video was exhausting to look at and he does not have an anger downside, however that he’s attending anger administration counseling to raised take care of what occurred on that 2018 night.
“I’m not an indignant individual,” Hunt mentioned. “I felt like I wanted to make higher choices.”
Hunt, who led the NFL in speeding with 1,327 yards in 2017, described himself as a optimistic one that tries to convey a smile to all people’s face. Nick Chubb has already seen that aspect of his new teammate.
“He is cool, he is an ideal man,” Chubb mentioned. “I’m having fun with having him as a teammate. He retains you laughing and he retains you up.”
Since returning to Cleveland this winter, Hunt has been reaching out to native highschool college students to speak to them about making the best choices of their lives and to study from any errors they make alongside the best way.
“I did not actually have anybody to return speak to me after I was in highschool,” Hunt mentioned. “I’ve been telling them, ‘You guys need to make good choices.’ I’ve made errors; everybody makes errors. It’s important to study out of your errors and never make the identical errors. Assume earlier than you act. When your feelings get excessive, do not act off your feelings.”
The choice to speak to highschool children was one made by Hunt, not by the group or the league.
“That is the place it wants to return from, it wants to return from his coronary heart and his phrases,” first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens mentioned. “I’ve been impressed with the best way he has gone about issues.”
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield mentioned the group has welcomed Hunt with open arms. Mayfield, who was arrested in 2017 whereas enjoying on the College of Oklahoma, is aware of what it’s prefer to take care of adversity. Mayfield mentioned he talked to Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce — Hunt’s former teammates with the Chiefs — and that the 2 of them vouched for the working again.
“Errors occur, I can communicate from private expertise,” Mayfield mentioned. “Everyone that has been round him is aware of who he’s, so I feel he’s being given a second probability and can reap the benefits of it.”
Kitchens additionally believes the third-year professional from close by Willoughby South Excessive Faculty will reap the benefits of the chance afforded by the Browns.
“Everyone in life is tousled and never all people in life will get a second probability,” Kitchens mentioned. “I feel he’s taking advantage of it. I actually do. We assist him in every part he does.”
On the finish of the day, Hunt is aware of that phrases are simply phrases and other people will not have the ability to totally belief him till he reveals together with his actions that he’s really sorry.
“I’m going to take it day-by-day,” Hunt mentioned. “I’ve to earn folks’s belief and my actions are going to point out.”