The Cleveland Browns claim they did extensive research prior to signingKareem Hunt. At the very least, they would discuss his signing internally. The video showed Hunt pushing the woman before being restrained by his friends.
The Bears talked openly about the possibility of opening the Halas Hall doors to Hunt last month. Hunt, the former Pro Bowl running back with the Chiefs, will be on a "zero tolerance" policy with the organization.
When Dorsey was asked at the press conference where the team stands on violence against women, he deferred to ownership and said, "I'm not going to be the spokesperson for the organization with regards to that". Former Ravens assistant coach Teryl Austin was sacked as the Bengals' defensive coordinator midseason, and former Marvin Lewis' 16-year-run as head coach ended after the season. It's a tough situation. "He understands the magnitude of it and he wants to prove to people that it was an isolated mistake that will never happen again".
But on January 24, Bears chairman George McCaskey told the Sun-Times in an interview that internal talks regarding Hunt hadn't progressed.
At this point, nobody can be certain when Hunt will be eligible to play.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Hunt's father (also named Kareem) was arrested for drug trafficking in nearby Elyria on January 25.
"There were two important factors: one is that Kareem took full responsibility for his egregious actions and showed true remorse", Dorsey added. We fully understand that Kareem is subject to discipline by the NFL. Here at the Browns, there is a detailed plan with expectations laid out that he understands and must follow, because any similar incident will not be tolerated. Dorsey spoke with confidence that Hunt can turn things around, and he said the Browns have an extensive plan in place to deal with Hunt should any further issues arise.
Before he was released past year, Hunt rushed for 824 yards and seven touchdowns in 11 games and had seven receiving touchdowns.
"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", he said.
Cleveland Browns News " Trust has to be earned, and that has to be earned with the Cleveland Browns organization and the community of Cleveland moving forward.
"I think every time you go through these very hard situations and these types of actions, you have to study everything from the person and then find out are they willing to be better people moving forward", Dorsey said.