Like millions of others, he was disturbed. "That's not me, '" he said, recalling his reaction.
When the Cleveland Browns signed embattled running back Kareem Hunt earlier this offseason, they knew what they were getting into. He wasn't forthcoming to the Chiefs about what transpired and paid the price.
Hunt is now at the Browns' voluntary workouts and spoke to the media about his incident.
Hunt, who led the National Football League in rushing with 1,327 yards in 2017, said he has been reaching out to local high school students since returning to Cleveland this winter, to talk to them about making the right decisions in their lives and to learn from any mistakes they make along the way. "Like day by day, I'm just making the best decisions at the time and place".
The Chiefs released Hunt not because of his actions in the hotel, but because he initially lied to the team about what happened. "I got to earn people's trust back and my actions are going to show". No criminal charges were filed, though Hunt will serve an eight-game suspension before making his debut with the Browns.
The Browns are holding OTAs beginning this week.
"I tried to tell them as much as possible", Hunt said. "I really do. We support him in everything he does". "Give them somebody to look up to and explain that nobody's flawless and you gotta learn from your mistakes and don't make the same mistakes". Hunt also said he now stays home more than he used to during free time. He denied being treated for an alcohol dependency.
"It's definitely changed me a lot as a person, just helping me become a stronger person and just bettering myself and figuring out things that I can work on to be better". Not for anger issues necessarily - "I'm not an angry person at all". I just felt like I had to make better decisions. "I think he is making the most of it".
Hunt has not reached out to the victim in the video.
"Everybody in life is messed up and not everybody in life gets a second chance", Kitchens said. "But I have not had the chance to do that".
"I know I'm not going to mess this up again", Hunt said.
"I am going to take it day-by-day", Hunt said. "And the Chiefs, I didn't really lie". "I have been telling them, 'You guys have to make smart decisions.' I have made mistakes; everyone makes mistakes".
Hunt said a renewed Christian faith has helped him get through this period of his life.
"I told [Dorsey] 'You can trust me, '" said Hunt.