Kareem Hunt: 'I've got to earn everybody's trust in the whole organization'

Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens talks with running backs Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb on Wednesday

Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens talks with running backs Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb on Wednesday

Hunt might have been honest in everything he said, but it's not like we haven't heard others in similar situations say the same things. "It was hard. I didn't really watch the video for a long, long time".

Meanwhile, Hunt said he has been spending time visiting local high schools with a message to students to make smart decisions.

"I have not, but if I was to see her I would like apologize to her face", Hunt said. "And doing everything I can and prevent something like that from happening again".

It's been an embarrassing and humbling five months for Hunt, released in December by Kansas City just days after a surveillance video showed him physically abusing a woman during an argument in a Cleveland hotel hallway in February 2018.

Hunt, who led the National Football League in rushing with 1,327 yards in 2017, said he has been reaching out to local high school students since returning to Cleveland this winter, to talk to them about making the right decisions in their lives and to learn from any mistakes they make along the way. Then he said a few teams contacted him, but the Browns were close to home for him and he knew Cleveland general manager John Dorsey, who drafted him in Kansas City. "Somebody to look up to and explain that, 'You know, nobody's ideal and you gotta learn from your mistakes and don't make the same mistakes'". You have to learn from your mistakes and not make the same mistakes. "When your emotions get high, don't act off your emotions".

But he said he knows his words won't be what matters most. "I have been impressed with the way he has gone about things".

For Hunt, he said he's going to counseling twice a week. Mayfield, who was arrested in 2017 and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing, while playing at the University of Oklahoma, knows what it is like to deal with backlash.

Today, Hunt's new quarterback Baker Mayfield was asked about the 23-year-old running back.

"Mistakes happen, I can speak from personal experience", Mayfield said. "But I have not had the chance to do that". As Hunt explained, he wants to apologize to the victim but hasn't gotten the chance yet, according to TMZ. "I really do. We support him in everything he does". "I think he is making the most of it". A lot of people have presumably coached Hunt on what to say. I make a mistake on the field, I'm not going to do it again.

"I told him, 'You can trust me.' I've got to earn his trust, and I've got to earn everybody's trust in the whole organization", he said.