Cleveland Browns sign Kareem Hunt amid National Football League investigation

Browns GM John Dorsey releases a lengthy statement on signing Kareem Hunt

Browns GM John Dorsey releases a lengthy statement on signing Kareem Hunt

"First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions previous year".

The president of the National Organization for Women, Toni Van Pelt, described the signing as sending a "message" that "money matters more than women". Scratch Hunt as a potential target to upgrade the Houston Texans backfield, which averaged 4.3 yards per carry, tied for the 13th-lowest in the NFL. "But after doing our research, extensive research, analyzing the situation, we came to the conclusion that, you know what, I am willing to help a man from a second chance moving forward to be a better person, and that's all you can ask for in society, and that's all I'm trying to do". I also understand the expectations that the Browns have clearly laid out and that I have to earn my way back to the NFL.

The Browns' surprising move on Monday, as expected, caused a slew of reactions on social media.

As for the video, Dorsey was clear.

That moment caught on a surveillance camera mortified the sports world and led to the Kansas City Chiefs parting ways with one of their best players, a move universally admired. Just a few days later, Hunt sat for an interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters, in which he initially answered her question about whether or not he had sought any counseling since the February incident affirmatively-then clarified that he had not yet started counseling and would "keep talking to my people" about setting that up. We had a nationwide conversation about violence against women, its root causes and how the National Football League can be part of the solution. They can interfere with victims getting help, or serve to make risky situations worse.

Hunt lied to the Chiefs about what took place in those early morning moments, which in addition to the video made his release an easy decision and that dishonesty came up in conversations with Hunt prior to his signing him.

When might the Browns know Hunt's fate? They bought low on a talented young player whom Dorsey, when he was the GM in Kansas City, drafted in the third round.

He signed a one-year deal, which means if he gains an accrued season in 2019, he will be a restricted free agent after the season.

All of that, combined with how disturbing Hunt's actions were when he repeatedly went after the woman at The 9, make the Browns' signing of the running back much more complicated than a typical second chance. Hunt will be returning to his home state, where two of the three incidents occurred.

"This organization has always prided itself on being very collaborative in terms of how we go about making decisions", Dorsey said. The signing, of course, makes a statement on its own. Many are upset as they feel Hunt hasn't had enough time to be punished for his actions ‚- which has merit considering he is still awaiting suspension. We hope Hunt is committed to being a better person, that he realizes he absolutely can't strike a woman, that he will emerge from a awful 2018 as a different man. The 31-year-old quarterback is pursuing a grievance filing against the league, accusing team owners of colluding to punish him for being the first player to protest racial injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem.

Dorsey believes that Hunt can fix his shattered reputation.