BEREA, Ohio – Kareem Hunt says he "made a mistake". And now he wants to use a second chance that the Cleveland Browns have granted him.
"I know I will not screw it up again," Hunt said Wednesday after the team's first OTA this season.
The Running Back signed a contract with the Browns in February after being cut short by the Kansas City Chiefs when a video appeared in which Hunt in 2018 shoved and kicked a woman in a Cleveland hotel. Due to this dispute, Hunt will miss the first eight games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL's Code of Conduct.
Hunt, 23, feels there is no better place for him than Cleveland, his hometown.
"It definitely turned out to be a good landing a situation like the Browns and close to home," Hunt said. "I have many supporters and my family behind me and a great organization like the Browns."
Hunt said several times on Wednesday that he "made a mistake" and that he knows he has "to make better decisions". He also said that the video from that evening in 2018 was hard to see and that he did not have an anger problem, but that he was taking part in an anger management consultancy to better deal with what had happened.
"I'm not a nasty person," said Hunt. "I felt that I had to make better decisions."
Hunt, who hurried the NFL 2017 at 1,327 meters, described himself as a positive person trying to put a smile on everyone's face. Nick Chubb has already seen this side of his new teammate.
"He's cool, he's a great guy," Chubb said. "I enjoy having him as a teammate, he keeps you laughing and he keeps you going."
Since Hunt returned to Cleveland this winter, he has turned to local students to discuss the right choices in their lives with them and to learn from the mistakes they make on their way.
"When I was in high school, I did not have anyone to talk to," Hunt said. "I told them you have to make smart decisions." I made mistakes, everyone makes mistakes. You have to learn from your mistakes and not make the same mistakes. Think before you act. When your emotions get high, do not act on your emotions. "
The Decision to Talk For high school kids, it was an idea from Hunt, not from the organization or the league.
" That's where it has to come from, it has to come from the heart and from its words, " First-year head coach Freddie Kitchens said, "I was impressed with his approach."
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said the team hailed Hunt Mayfield, who was arrested in 2017 for public noise, disorderly behavior, opposition to While arresting and escaping while attending the University of Oklahoma knows what it's like to deal with backlashes, Mayfield said he spoke with Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce – Hunt's former teammate with the Chiefs – and that the two were for vouch for running back.
"Mistakes happen, I can speak from personal experience," Mayfield said. "Anyone who's around him knows who he is. I think he gets a second chance and will use them. "
Kitchens also believes that the third-year pro from nearby Willoughby South High School will take advantage of this" Everyone in life gets messed up and not everyone in life gets a second chance, "said Kitchens," I think he makes the most of it. I really do it. We support him in everything he does. "
Ultimately, Hunt knows that words are just words and people are unable to fully utilize them until he shows his actions in it I'm really sorry for him.
"I'll take it day by day," Hunt said, "I have to earn people's trust and my actions will show it."