CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns are bringing Kareem Hunt back to Northeast Ohio.

And as one would imagine, many have strong feelings about the Browns' decision to sign the troubled running back.

After all, the 23-year-old former Pro Bowl selection was only available because he was released by the Kansas City Chiefs late last year after video surfaced of him kicking and shoving a 19-year-old Kent State student at The Metropolitan at the 9 hotel in downtown Cleveland. Nevertheless, the Browns opted to sign the Willoughby South product, who rushed for a league-high 1,327 yards as a rookie in 2017.

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In a statement announcing his signing with Cleveland, Hunt apologized for his actions, while insisting he has learned from his past behavior.

“First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions last year. What I did was wrong and inexcusable. That is not the man I was raised to be, and I’ve learned a great deal from that experience and certainly should have been more truthful about it after the fact," Hunt said. "I’m extremely grateful that John Dorsey, Dee and Jimmy Haslam and the Cleveland Browns organization are granting me the opportunity to earn their trust and represent their organization in the best way possible on and off the field. I am committed to following the necessary steps to learn and to be a better and healthier person from this situation. I also understand the expectations that the Browns have clearly laid out and that I have to earn my way back to the NFL. I’m a work in progress as a person, but I’m committed to taking advantage of the support systems that I have in place to become the best and healthier version of myself.”