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NFL hands Kareem Hunt 8-game suspension

The NFL has suspended Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt eight games for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

In a statement, the league announced it had banned Hunt

for his actions in two separate events. The first stemmed from an incident where he pushed and kicked a woman in a Cleveland hotel in February 2018, and the second from an altercation at an Ohio resort last June.

"I want to again apologize for my actions last year," Hunt said. "I know that my behavior hurt a lot of people, and I again apologize to them. I respect the league’s decision on discipline, and I appreciate the time I spent with Commissioner Goodell last week. I'm grateful for my time with the Browns over the last month and thankful to all the people in the organization that have welcomed me. I also appreciate all of the support I received from my union through this process. My commitment to earning the trust of the league, my teammates, the organization and this community through my actions will continue, and I understand there is a lot of hard work ahead of me before I’m able to fully return to playing the game I love."

The running back was released by the Kansas City Chiefs in December after the 2018 video surfaced revealing his altercation with the woman. He signed with the Browns in February despite the team knowing a lengthy ban was forthcoming.

Hunt's agency announced the 23-year-old would not appeal his suspension.

He'll forfeit $303,529 of his $645,000 base salary with the Browns, according to ESPN's Field Yates, with a chance to earn $200,000 in roster bonuses upon his return. The ball carrier will then be a restricted free agent in 2020.

A versatile running back, Hunt rushed for 2,151 yards and 15 touchdowns while adding 79 catches for 833 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns in two seasons with Kansas City.