TMZ Sports released a cellphone video of Browns running back Kareem Hunt in a back and forth with Cleveland police officers after an apparent altercation at the Barley House on W. 6th Street in the city’s Warehouse District on Saturday night.
The snippet of video shows Hunt speaking with a Cleveland officer as it related to what was considered by some, including the establishment’s owner, a “rough housing” incident between friends, according to reports.
In a statement from a team spokesman, the Browns said they are “aware of the situation and have spoken to Kareem. There is no further comment at this time.”
A Cleveland Police Department spokeswoman said no police report was created and no charges filed.
Hunt, who played at Willoughby South High School and for the University of Toledo, was released by the Kansas City Chiefs Nov. 30 after a prior video showed him assaulting a young woman at a downtown Cleveland hotel. He was also disciplined for a separate altercation at Put–in-Bay in June 2018.
The Browns subsequently signed him to a one-year deal on Feb. 11 prior to the NFL handing down an eight-game suspension for the upcoming season.
Hunt insisted that he’d turned his life around when finally speaking to the Cleveland media this past spring by working on anger management and alcohol issues and was recently baptized at a Northeast Ohio church. He has embraced his return to the area, admitting that he has to earn the trust of everyone in this area.
He was seen this past Saturday at Brookgate Lanes in Cleveland for teammate Rashard Higgins’ “Hollywood Bowl” event where he mingled with fans, signed autographs and snapped pictures with whomever asked.
Still the optics of the situation aren’t particularly good for the third-year back, who rushed for 824 yards and caught 26 passes for 378 yards and scored 14 total touchdowns before his release. He’s averaged 110.5 yards from scrimmage since arriving in the NFL.
During offseason team activities, it was easy to see exactly why the team took a risk in signing him. He could be a dangerous weapon in an already loaded Browns offensive arsenal.
Putting in work
Some members of the Browns are putting in extra work in California.
Wide receiver Jarvis Landry posted pictures and video on his Instagram account showing him, Rashard Higgins and tight end David Njoku working out with quarterback Baker Mayfield, who will be getting married this weekend.
Landryappears to be healthy after sitting out spring practices with a minor injury.
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