Kareem Hunt: Traffic stop out of character, grateful to Browns

RB hopes to put off-field problems behind him and focus on football

Daryl Ruiter
June 22, 2020 - 2:14 pm

CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Kareem Hunt understands he might be on his final football life.

In January he got a reminder of just how much his career hangs in the balance when he was pulled over on Interstate 90 just west of Hilliard.

“I would say that was out of character,” Hunt said Monday afternoon on a Zoom call with reporters about the stop. “I learned from it. I have been working to become a better person each and every day. Definitely not looking for anything like that to happen again. I have been working. Now, I am focused on football, working out and getting ready for the season.”

Hunt was pulled over on January 21st, and was ultimately cited only for speeding.

Hunt was heard on dashcam video during the stop appearing to be in a vulnerable state of mind.

“Officer, I’ve been through a lot, man,” Hunt could be heard telling the officer.  

“You know what happened to me. I should be playing for a freaking Super Bowl. It hurts my soul. You don’t understand. [I’ve been] fighting a lot of s**t lately, man. It still hurts me to this day. I love Cleveland, I love the Browns, but you don’t understand. I’m just the worst person in the world sometimes and I don’t even do nothing. Try to help everybody, man.”

Hunt admitted to the officer that he would fail a drug test should one be administered.

The officer gave Hunt a break by seizing the small amounts of marijuana that was found in a backpack and an open bottle of vodka during a search of the vehicle, and not citing him for either.

“I have to do better. I should not have done it,” Hunt said Monday. “Ready to move on from that and focus on football.”

Executive vice president of football operations and general manager Andrew Berry and head coach Kevin Stefanski both met with Hunt about the traffic stop.

“[They said], I cannot have that. It is not acceptable,” Hunt said. “I got to be smarter and cannot be doing stuff like that. We had a good talk.”

Last June, Hunt had a conversation with Cleveland Police outside a West 6th bar following an alleged incident in which no formal police report or charges were filed. It led to conversations with former GM John Dorsey and team officials at the time in which he was reminded that he is under the microscope.

Hunt served an eight-game suspension last season for off-the-field misconduct that included him being caught on security camera video shoving and kicking a woman outside a downtown Cleveland apartment in February 2018 that led to his release from the Chiefs when the video was published by TMZ in late November of that year.

Dorsey and the Browns signed him three months later without a definitive punishment from the league office.   

Berry and Stefanski recognize Hunt’s value on the field. It is on Hunt to remain on the right path to get the chance to live up to his full potential.  

“They see me on the field as a guy who is going to make some plays this year and help the team win,” Hunt said. “That is what I have been looking forward to. We have been talking. I keep in touch with coach all the time about what he wants to see.”