Kareem Hunt celebrated the Cleveland Browns’ Wild Card win by calling out the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Cleveland Browns were able to celebrate their first playoff victory since 1994 for about ten minutes before it all came crashing down.
Cleveland pulled off a stunning upset over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, trouncing their division rivals and forcing JuJu Smith-Schuster to eat his words. But in celebrating that achievement, Browns running back Kareem Hunt did exactly what Smith-Schuster was getting trolled for, but somehow made it even worse.
In the Browns locker room, Hunt went live on Instagram and proceeded to call out the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s who Cleveland will be playing next week, but it also happens to be the team that Hunt used to play for before being released.
Hunt went out of his way to deem next week’s game “personal”.
Kareem Hunt calls out Kansas City Chiefs, plays the victim
— Aaron Ladd (@aaronladd0) January 11, 2021
This is monumentally stupid on a number of different levels.
For starters, Hunt and the Browns were using the celebratory moment to dance on the grave of the Steelers — and specifically Smith-Schuster — for giving them bulletin board motivation. So in trolling someone for talking trash out of turn, Hunt talked trash and gave a team bulletin board material.
There’s also the matter of why Hunt is talking trash in the first place. The running back was released by the Chiefs during the 2018 season not for performance but because of off-field behavior. Kansas City cut Hunt and the NFL suspended him indefinitely after footage of him violently assaulting a woman in a Cleveland hotel surfaced.
At the time, Hunt gave a hollow and clunky apology on ESPN that was rather transparent in its purpose (not to truthfully show remorse, but rather to go through the motions in an attempt to save his job). Hunt deeming the Chiefs cutting him after he assaulted a woman ‘personal’ tells you all you need to know about how seriously he took the crime he committed.
He was released for kicking a 19-year-old woman outside of a hotel room and then lying about it to the organization before video surfaced.
Let's not make it like Kareem Hunt was somehow wronged. https://t.co/4tUAa6WazP
— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) January 11, 2021
That says it all right there.
There’s kicking the hornet’s nest and then there’s whatever Hunt did to spoil the victorious moment the Browns have been waiting so long to taste.