Browns running back Kareem Hunt details attempt to earn redemption, insists he has changed

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BEREA, Ohio -- Kareem Hunt is undergoing counseling, speaking to students throughout Northeast Ohio about his checkered past and getting baptized.

The controversial Browns running back is attempting to turn his life around, but only his actions over time will determine whether he truly earns redemption.

Hunt addressed the media Wednesday for the first time since the Browns signed him Feb. 11 despite the former Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl selection being caught on security footage shoving and kicking a woman in February 2018 in the hallway outside his apartment at the Metropolitan at The 9 in downtown Cleveland. The NFL suspended him for the first eight regular-season games of 2019 because of that incident and another physical altercation he had with a man in June at the Bay Lodging Resort in Put-in-Bay.

The Chiefs cut Hunt on Nov. 30 after released surveillance video of his act of violence against a woman.

"It definitely changed me a lot as a person, just helping me become a stronger person and just bettering myself," Hunt said, discussing his downfall after the second practice of organized team activities.

Hunt explained he's going to counseling twice a week. He said there was a component of alcohol counseling in his treatment, but it has mostly centered on anger management.

"I pretty much just focused on making myself the better person and talking to them about how to control my anger," Hunt said. "And it's not like, I'm not an angry person at all. Definitely not. I just felt like I had to make better decisions. So that was my biggest thing. I want to talk about ways to make better decisions in certain situations I'm put in."

Hunt, 23, also revealed he'll be baptized Sunday at a church on the east side of Cleveland.


"I'm looking forward so I can feel reborn," he said.

Hunt has been regularly speaking to local elementary, middle and high school students this offseason, an idea coach Freddie Kitchen said belonged to the player, not the Browns.

"(I've been telling the students) you've got to make smart decisions," Hunt said.

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