Running back Kareem Hunt #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs ...
NFL Network reported that Hunt has accepted the punishment and opted not to appeal.
Hunt admitted he was "in the wrong" and apologized to the woman in the video, the Chiefs organization, and his family.
"I respect the league's decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner (Roger) Goodell last week".
"I want to again apologize for my actions a year ago". "My commitment to earning the trust of the league, my teammates, the organization, and this community through my actions will continue". "He has committed to take advantage of available resources to help him grow personally and as a member of the Cleveland community, and to live up to his obligations as an National Football League player".
The incident took place in February 2018, but the video was not published until November by TMZ.
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Do you agree with Hunt's eight-game suspension? Hunt will be eligible to participate in offseason activities and preseason games, and his suspension will begin when regular-season rosters are cut to 53 on August 31.
The NFL reportedly had trouble making contact with the victims in the case, which might have complicated their investigation.
Hunt will forfeit his $303,529 of his $645,000 base salary due to the suspension, ESPN reports, although he will be free to return for the second half of the season.
Now it might be Baker Mayfield who ends up with the last laugh. The eight-game ban will allow Hunt to return with enough time to accrue a full National Football League season, which will make him a restricted free agent in 2020.
The news is good for Browns fans, as they now have a definite timeline of when they can expect Hunt back. However, with the serious nature of Hunt's incident that was caught on video, along with the other allegations, the National Football League was smart to go above the standard discipline.
Before that, he was on pace to match or beat his 1327 rushing yards and had seven rushing touchdowns to go along with seven receiving touchdowns before being released.