All of that, combined with how disturbing Hunt's actions were when he repeatedly went after the woman at The 9, make the Browns' signing of the running back much more complicated than a typical second chance.
And the means were approved by Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam, who signed off on Hunt's addition. The NFL hasn't gotten that far.
Dorsey said Hunt understands the Browns have a "zero tolerance" policy moving forward. It is an egregious act. "We all understand that".
The difference between Kaepernick's apparent transgression and what Hunt did was cited on the Internet by more than a few observers Monday, including Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, who tweeted, "Kareem Hunt is ON VIDEO kicking a woman while she's on the ground and still got signed". Later that day, the Kansas City Chiefs released him and Damien Williams carried the Chiefs backfield for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Now, the Browns feel comfortable giving the Cleveland native an opportunity to make amends. Hunt has not been charged with a crime.
"I think we're all appalled by it. What you have to do is you have to go back and research your options and see moving forward what's best for the organization".
The NFL is investigating a total of three incidents involving Hunt, including the one last February, but Dorsey did not see their findings as problematic.
Perhaps that's partly because, in this short time frame, Dorsey could not possibly have enough evidence of how Hunt has learned from his actions and worked to change his behavior, certainly not to the extent to which the general manager could have conviction that this young player will not be violent again.
"I heard speculation it might be the whole season", Balzer said. We hope Hunt is committed to being a better person, that he realizes he absolutely can't strike a woman, that he will emerge from a bad 2018 as a different man. Hunt's words: "I have to earn my way back to the National Football League". "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".
In 2014, Baltimore running back Ray Rice was captured on video punching and knocking out his then-fiancee in an elevator.
"I don't have any indication of how the league is going to act on this penalty", Dorsey said. "Now what you have to do is take that person, and if the person is truly remorseful and he owns up to his mistake, he seeks to be a better man, I'm okay with a guy trying to get better".
Hunt is expected to be suspended by the league for the start of the 2019 season, possibly for six games, per the league's guidelines on players accused of domestic violence. Even though he will be 28 years old and entering the final year of his contract, the reality is the offensive line was a bigger problem for the Texans and would be a still prohibitive element that would curtail any production a big-play back like Hunt would provide.