The NFL has been a source of controversy in recent years. Not only did they fire Bob Costas after he mentioned how football leads to deadly concussions, but the league has also been mired with the protests started by Colin Kaepernick in 2016. Millions of fans have abandoned the league because they feel the protests are an insult to veterans and the military while millions more have turned away from the game because they support the protestors.
Now, the Cleveland Browns have done something that has only sparked more outrage and upset fans. They have offered a lucrative contract to 23-year-old Kareem Hunt who was previously dropped from the Kansas City Chiefs after video footage showed him assaulting a teenager at a Cleveland-area hotel.
In the video, which was taken on February 10, 2018, Hunt assaults 19-year-old Abigail Ottinger at the 9 Hotel located in downtown Cleveland.
Although the NFL was fully aware of the video, they did nothing until the clip was made public on November 30, 2018. It took the NFL a public scandal to react to the player’s crime. At that time, the Chiefs released Hunt and he also lost his Under Armor sponsorship.
Now, the Cleveland Browns have extended an offer to Hunt. The team’s general manager John Dorsey believes that Hunt “deserves a second chance,” and therefore they extended the offer for him to be on their team.
The Cleveland Browns announced him as a new member of their roster one year and one day after he violently assaulted a teenage woman at a hotel in the team’s home city. The footage shows the NFL player shoving and kicking the teenager at 9 Hotel.
Hunt issued another public apology on Monday after news about his new job got out. He said: “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.”
However, both Hunt and the NFL worked hard to cover up the crime and keep the scandal out of the news. The Chiefs preferred to keep their running back despite the violence he exhibited toward an unarmed woman. But after the video was released to the public, the team let Hunt go within hours.
Dorsey was the general manager for the Chiefs when Hunt was selected in the third round of the draft. Dorsey has interacted with Hunt since 2016 and is very happy to have him on his team again a few years later.
“My relationship and interaction with Kareem since 2016 in college was an important part of this decision-making process, but we then did extensive due diligence with many individuals, including clinical professionals, to have a better understanding of the person he is today and whether it was prudent to sign him.
“There were two important factors: one is that Kareem took full responsibility for his egregious actions and showed true remorse and secondly just as importantly, he is undergoing and is committed to necessary professional treatment and a plan that has been clearly laid out.”
What do you think about the NFL’s decision to re-hire Kareem Hunt after the assault?