CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield seemingly attracts attention everywhere he goes, and that includes Los Angeles International Airport on a return flight from a visit with former University of Oklahoma teammates.
As Mayfield and his fiancée, Emily Wilkinson, were leaving the airport, TMZ caught up with the Browns quarterback to ask him about the organization’s chances of making the postseason in 2019 as well as the addition of running back Kareem Hunt to the roster.
During the 13-second clip, Mayfield kept his answers short and sweet, saying “We’ll see” with regard to the playoff question.
When asked about Hunt, Mayfield stated that he had “not yet” talked to his newest teammate, who is facing discipline from the NFL because of an off-the-field incident at a Cleveland hotel last February.
Hunt has been the subject of a lengthy investigation for a physical altercation with a woman at The 9 Hotel in Downtown Cleveland, as well as two other situations that came to light after video of the first incident was released last November.
A native of Willoughby and graduate of South High School, Hunt was released from his rookie contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on November 30, 2018, just hours after video surfaced of him pushing, and later, kicking a woman.
In the same video, Hunt was shown having to be physically restrained by other members of the group that had congregated in the hallway.
After the signing was made official by the Browns on Monday, February 11, Hunt released a statement through the team first apologizing for his “wrong and inexcusable” actions and then, pledging to learn from his mistakes.
Since his release from the Chiefs three months ago, Hunt reportedly has sought counselling for his off-the-field issues.
In two years with the Chiefs, Hunt rushed for 2,151 yards and 15 touchdowns with 106 first downs, 19 plays going for at least 20 yards and four 40-yard gains. Additionally, Hunt caught 79 passes out of the backfield for 833 yards and 10 touchdowns, including a single-season career high of seven in 2018.
As a rookie, Hunt went from not expected to have a large role in the offense to rushing for an NFL-best 1,327 yards on 272 carries, an average of 4.9 yards per attempt, which earned him a spot on the AFC Pro Bowl team.
Hunt was a third-round pick of the Chiefs in the 2017 NFL Draft, and he was selected out of the University of Toledo by current Browns general manager John Dorsey.