Kareem Hunt Is Bothered by the Fact That He Isn’t Headed to the Super Bowl

Kareem Hunt was famously booted from the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2018 season. When video surfaced of Hunt assaulting a woman in a hotel, the organization decided to cut ties with the rookie running back. The decision might not have been an easy one back then, but the team seems to be thriving without him. In fact, the Chiefs are headed to the Super Bowl to face the San Francisco 49ers, and apparently, Hunt is pretty broken up about it.

Kareem Hunt was stopped by Ohio police for speeding

Hunt was stopped in Rocky River, Ohio, on Jan. 21 for speeding. According to TMZ, Hunt was rocketing down the road when he encountered the officer. While he jammed on the breaks, the damage was done, and he was quickly pulled over.

Kareem Hunt #27 of the Cleveland Browns on the sideline in the third quarter of a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 29, 2019
Kareem Hunt #27 of the Cleveland Browns | 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

The routine traffic stop turned into more when the officer realized Hunt had an open vodka bottle in the car and was also transporting marijuana. Hunt was, seemingly, in luck, though. The officer who pulled him over is a massive Cleveland Browns fan, the team that picked Hunt up after he was released by the Chiefs.

Hunt walked away with a speeding ticket, and the cop walked away with a baggie of confiscated marijuana, but it looks like Hunt may have gotten a lot more out of the encounter. The officer gave him a solid talking to, and Hunt openly admitted he was feeling really down, seeing his former team head to the Super Bowl.

Hunt is in a rough place, now that his old team is headed to the Super Bowl

During the lengthy conversation, the Ohio officer that found himself face to face with Hunt tried to give him some fatherly advice. He advised the running back not to blow his second chance with the NFL, referring to his lengthy suspension and subsequent release from the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Hunt was reinstated in 2019 and was added to the Cleveland Browns’ active roster during week 10 of the 2019 season. He finished the regular season with 179 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. He also added 285 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown to his stats, proving himself to be an essential part of the Browns’ strategy going forward.

Even with renewed success, Hunt is still reeling from everything that happened back in 2018. He told the officer that he was still hurting from everything that happened, and was having a hard time with the fact that his former team was headed to the Super Bowl without him.

Hunt’s second chance in the NFL could be his last

The Browns’ decision to give Hunt a second chance with the NFL was met with some concern. His acts were considered so egregious that the team that he brought so much success to decided to cut ties. The Browns, however, have been known to deal with some troubled players. After all, they continued to give Josh Gordon chances after his inability to remain clean and sober. The team also attempted to straighten Johnny Manziel out. Their attempts failed, and they were forced to drop the top prospect after just a few seasons, according to Sports Illustrated.

That doesn’t mean they’ll continue to give Hunt chances, though. While his recent run-in with the law seemingly ended without much fuss, it could spell trouble for his future within the NFL, note several industry experts. If he is struggling with the Chiefs’ ability to head to the Super Bowl without him, indulging in drinking and drugs during the offseason likely won’t help. The one thing he didn’t open up about to the police was who he’d be rooting for on Feb. 2.