Kareem Hunt may be able to do "the most good" returning to the field in his hometown, Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said at the NFL combine on Wednesday.
The Browns signed Hunt a few months after a video from February 2018 was released that showed him shoving and kicking a woman during an early-morning altercation outside his downtown Cleveland residence.
The video, and the fact that Hunt had lied about it, prompted the Kansas City Chiefs to release the running back.
"Kareem has to be willing, has to show remorse and be willing to make a change," Kitchens told the media at the combine in Indianapolis. "And he's shown us that. It could be in Kansas City, Cleveland, that doesn't matter.
"In a lot of ways, you know, it's more important for Kareem to make those advances and to evolve into a better person in his hometown. That's where he's going to do the most good.
"There's some good that can come out of this. We never justify anything that's happened. But there's some good that can come out of this if he keeps evolving and keeps doing the things he's supposed to do to become a better person. And we'll worry about the football stuff later. But right now we're in the Kareem Hunt business of making him a better person."
Hunt, who grew up in Willoughby, outside Cleveland, signed a one-year contract with the Browns on Feb. 12.