Kareem Hunt could perhaps do "the greatest good" by returning to the field in his hometown, said Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens Wednesday at the NFL Combined.
The Browns signed Hunt a few months after the broadcast of a February 2018 video that showed him hustling a woman during a morning altercation outside his downtown residence. Cleveland.
The video, and the fact that Hunt lied about it, prompted the Kansas City Chiefs to release the half.
"Kareem must be willing, must be remorseful and be willing to make changes," Kitchens told the media at a meeting in Indianapolis. "And he showed us that, it could be in Kansas City, Cleveland, it does not matter."
"In many ways, you know, it's more important for Kareem to make that progress and become a better person in his hometown. This is where he will do the greatest good.
"There are benefits that can flow from it.We never justify anything that happened.But it can also result from it as it continues to evolve and continues to do what it is. He's supposed to make himself a better person, and we'll worry about football later, but for now, we're making Kareem Hunt a better man. "
Hunt, who grew up in Willoughby, near Cleveland, signed a one – year contract with the Browns on February 12.
He faces a significant suspension from the NFL for violating his personal conduct policy. It remains on the commissioner's exemption list.
Hunt's family in the Cleveland area has had its share of legal problems. His father was arrested in January and accused of crack sales, according to Cleveland.com.
USA Today reported in December that Hunt's father had been arrested at least 35 times and sentenced to prison terms for drug-related offenses.
He was also arrested for domestic violence and Hunt's mother, brother and father-in-law were also arrested and sentenced for various offenses, including possession of cocaine and drug trafficking, USA Today reported.
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"At the moment, Kareem Hunt is a Cleveland Brown and our job is to help her become a better person," said Kitchens. "Listen, at some point, football will stop for all these guys, and that's our job as coaches and people, and as mentors, give them something to do in nature 50 years after the end of their football career So sometimes coaches train players and then they are forgotten.
"Well, that will not be the case – we are working to improve our staff, give them the resources and the support system they need to become a better person."
The Browns said Hunt sought advice before signing it, and he pledged to continue doing so. Kitchens repeatedly reiterated that Hunt had told him that he was "remorseful" about what had happened.
"It's now up to us to move forward, support him and take him to a place as an individual and as a person to give him the opportunity, a second chance, in itself," Kitchen said. . "The second chance is not now, there's a lot of work to be done there, the second chance will come in. We'll see how that happens." At the moment, we're day-to-day and we try … to offer his support where he has to become a better person to eventually get him on the ground. "
"But by saying that, it's these issues that you can also experience the greatest growth," Kitchens said. "Let's not forget that it's a matter of people's business and that we are working in the development of people, and then we will tackle football later." But our main goal in this is Kareem Hunt's moment is to offer him his support to be the man he wants to be, and that's where we are at. "