The Browns have asked the NFL to let Kareem Hunt remain with the team during his eight-game suspension, according to Cleveland.com.
The #Browns are asking #NFL to let Kareem Hunt remain w/ the team during his 8-game ban so he can have structure and his strong support team in place, league source tells clevelanddotcom. Usually players are banished from the facility https://t.co/fQhn9ii9Yx
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 25, 2019
Players serving suspensions are usually banned from their team’s facilities. The Browns, however, made the request to the league because they want to “have structure” and a strong support team in place for Hunt, who was suspended for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Hunt ran for 874 yards and seven touchdowns in 11 games last season for the Chiefs before a video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman in the hallway of a Cleveland hotel last February.
He was released by Kansas City shortly after.
“I’m going to just make sure that nothing like this ever happens again,” Hunt told ESPN in December, a few days after his release.
Browns general manager John Dorsey told reporters this week the team will have a “plan in place” during Hunt’s suspension.
“The NFL will set certain rules, and once we understand those rules and restrictions, that’s something we’ll work through,” Dorsey said. “But we’ve already laid the plan moving from here all the way up to September, then we’ll have to wait and see what the league says. Then we’ll act accordingly.’’
Hunt signed with the Browns in mid-February. Cleveland acquired star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and pass rusher Olivier Vernon from the Giants via trade this offseason, as well.
The Browns finished last season with a 7-8-1 record. They haven’t made the playoffs since 2002.