Rocky River, OH – The owner of the Cleveland Browns was not impressed by dashcam video that showed running back Kareem Hunt telling police he would flunk a drug test when he was stopped for speeding with an open container of vodka in his car (video below).
“What he did was not acceptable. He’s got to do better,” Jimmy Haslam said at a press conference on Wednesday, according to TMZ. “It’s not good. Kareem knows he’s got to do better.”
Dashcam video documented what happened when a Rocky River police officer stopped Hunt for speeding on Jan. 21 on Interstate 90, Cleveland.com reported.
Rocky River Police Officer Michael Asbury smelled marijuana in Hunt’s car and asked him to step out of it.
Officer Asbury then asked Hunt to sit in his police vehicle while he searched the National Football League (NFL) player’s car for contraband, ESPN reported.
“I understand you’re with the Browns and all that,” the officer said in the video. “You have my word: If there’s nothing in that car, I’m just going to give you a traffic ticket.”
“A traffic ticket is not going to get you in trouble,” Officer Asbury told Hunt. “We constantly stop athletes around here because you’re all working in Cleveland. If it’s just a traffic ticket, you’re not going to get in trouble, man.”
Then Officer Asbury searched Hunt’s car and he found marijuana in a backpack with the NFL player’s name on it, ESPN reported.
Hunt told the officer it was his brother’s marijuana.
But when Officer Asbury asked the Browns running back if he would fail a drug test, Hunt said he would, according to ESPN.
“It’s the off season,” Hunt told the officer. “Sorry, I was having a good time.”
But the officer was not impressed, the video showed.
“I hate to say this, but you of anybody should know if you’re trying to stay good, stay on the right path, this is not the way to go,” Officer Asbury told Hunt. “I mean, you had, like, a good second part of the year. You don’t want to screw that up over some weed.”
So, Officer Asbury cut Hunt a break, ESPN reported.
“Here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to write you a traffic ticket, then I’ll just seize this stuff. Fair enough?” Officer Asbury told Hunt. “I’m not going to write you a weed ticket either. Don’t lie next time.”
The dashcam video also recorded Officer Asbury telling Hunt what it was like to root for the Cleveland Browns, who haven’t had a winning season since 2007.
“I mean, honestly, I’m like one of the hugest Browns fans ever,” the officer explained. “Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and it’s frustrating to watch the Browns every single year.”
Hunt has had a somewhat troubled first few years in the NFL, ESPN reported.
He was released by the Kansas City Chiefs in November of 2018 after he was captured on video kicking a woman in downtown Cleveland.
Hunt was signed by the Browns for the next season but missed eight games in 2019 due to a league suspension for violating the personal conduct policy, in connection with the Cleveland incident, ESPN reported.
The Browns running back earned $796,471 in Cleveland in 2019 and has made $2.48 million over his three-year career.
Watch the traffic stop unfold in the video below: