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Lions GM Bob Quinn on Kareem Hunt: ‘I want good players and I want good people’

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Bob Quinn offered a short but strong statement on their decision to pass on Kareem Hunt.

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On Monday afternoon, the Cleveland Browns made headlines by signing former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt to a one-year deal.

Hunt, the rushing leader in 2017, had been a free agent since the Chiefs decided to release him in late November. Their decision was based on the surfacing of a video that showed Hunt shoving and kicking a woman during an altercation in February of 2018. The video, the Chiefs claim, revealed some inconsistencies from what Hunt had told them about the incident when they were notified of it earlier in the year.

“As part of our internal discussions with Kareem, several members of our management team spoke directly to him. Kareem was not truthful in those discussions,” the Chiefs said in an official statement.

The Browns’ decision to sign Hunt was obviously met with a lot of different reactions all over. It’s a sensitive topic and one worthy of discussion. So it’s no surprise that during Monday’s Season Ticket Holder Summit, Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn was asked about Hunt and whether the team considered signing him at any point over the past three months.

Here’s Quinn’s answer in its entirety:

“We consider everyone that’s available. Obviously when that player was released towards the end of the season, every team in the league had the opportunity to claim him, number one, and it’d actually be on a cheaper contract than he signed today.

“We evaluate every player on the field and off the field, and, in this case, we talked about it internally, and it was just a player that we didn’t feel comfortable bringing to the Lions for numerous issues, and I stand by that. That’s my word. I want good players and I want good people in this organization.”