The Lions didn't feel like Hunt deserved a second chance.
Kareem Hunt was quickly cut from the Kansas City Chiefs back in November when a video was released of him kicking and assaulting a woman in a Cleveland hotel. While the NFL hasn't issued a ban or a suspension just yet, the player was signed by the Cleveland Browns yesterday as they felt he had worked on himself and was deserving of a second chance. One person who didn't feel the same way was Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn who explained the decision not to sign Hunt at a press conference for season ticket holders.
"We talked about it internally and he’s a player that we didn’t feel comfortable bringing to the Lions for numerous issues," Quinn said. "I stand by that. That’s my word. I want good players and I want good people in this organization.”
Hunt issued an apology at the same time as his signing yesterday in which he said:
"First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions last year. 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. I'm extremely grateful that John Dorsey, Dee and Jimmy Haslam and the Cleveland Browns organization are granting me the opportunity to earn their trust and represent their organization in the best way possible on and off the field. I am committed to following the necessary steps to learn and to be a better and healthier person from this situation. I also understand the expectations that the Browns have clearly laid out and that I have to earn my way back to the NFL. I'm a work in progress as a person, but I'm committed to taking advantage of the support systems that I have in place to become the best and healthier version of myself."
The running back will have to await an NFL ruling before he steps back onto the field in 2019.