Baker Mayfield Finally Speaks Out About New Teammate Kareem Hunt

Jose Verdugo
May 16, 2019

The signing drew a lot of controversy when considering the circumstances of his well-documented release from the Kansas City Chiefs on November 30, 2018, after video showed Hunt pushing and kicking a woman. Because of that altercation, Hunt will miss the first eight games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

"I was like, 'Wow, it's pretty bad.' That's not me", Hunt said.

"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. "I apologized for my actions in the past". But he said he would if the two ever met.

"Just being around him, I think he's a great kid", Baker said, according to TMZ Sports. "But I have not had the chance to do that".

"My relationship and interaction with Kareem since 2016 in college was an important part of this decision-making process but we then did extensive due diligence with many individuals, including clinical professionals, to have a better understanding of the person he is today and whether it was prudent to sign him", Dorsey said at the time. "Like day by day, I'm just making the best decisions at the time and place".

Hunt has been seeing the counselor twice a week.

"I'm looking forward to it so I can feel reborn", he said. "So, I'm a guy who will go out in the community and do what I can for them".

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"I know I am not going to mess this up again", Hunt said Wednesday after the team's first OTA of the season.

"I didn't tell them everything", Hunt said, "so I really take it as I kind of did". "And I told him I'm going to move forward and become a better person".

The running back appears to be taking it to heart and indicated he came away with a valuable lesson from the incident that led to his release in Kansas City. "She's helped me keep my mind positive".

He's keeping a close circle of friends and working in the community by speaking to high school students about making smarter decisions. "When your emotions get high, don't act off your emotions". "Think about the long ride".

The Chiefs released Hunt not because of his actions in the hotel, but because he initially lied to the team about what happened.

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.

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