Published: Sat, July 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

After convoluted investigation, National Football League decides not to suspend Chiefs' Tyreek Hill

After convoluted investigation, National Football League decides not to suspend Chiefs' Tyreek Hill

The Chiefs report to training camp at Missouri Western State University in St Joseph, Missouri, next week.

The NFL announced its decision Friday morning, stating that, "based on the evidence presently available, the NFL can not conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy". Authorities were looking into the welfare of Hill's 3-year-old son who suffered a broken arm. In the statement, Hill thanked multiple people, while also claiming that the child abuse allegations against him were false. But the next day, a local news station broadcast parts of a secretly recorded 11-minute conversation between Hill and Espinal in an airport on their way back from Dubai.

Hill denied any role in what happened to the child, saying: "He says Daddy does a lot of things".

"He's terrified of you", Espinal said on the tape, referring to their son.

Given Hill's previous history - he pleaded guilty to punching and kicking Espinal during a 2014 incident, a decision that allowed him to avoid jail time and keep his National Football League prospects alive - that comment became a flash point, one that many believed would lead to significant punishment for Hill, both from the National Football League and possibly the authorities since the district attorney could reopen the case whenever he likes.

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The league left open the possibility of revisiting Hill's case should further information come out through police. According to the NFL, the league will revisit the case if new information becomes available.

It appears that receiver Tyreek Hill will be with the Chiefs for the entire 2019 season.

The NFL says they were careful not to interfere with the investigation being conducted by law enforcement officials. but they also admit they simply did not get access to ALL of the information in the case. Hill, 25, can be heard denying all allegations in a recording of an argument between him and his fiancée that was released last month by Kansas City sport radio station The Drive.

"I can assure you that I will continue to work to be the person, player and teammate that you envisioned me to be", he wrote. He also played for the football team, and the Chiefs ultimately made a decision to take a chance on him by selecting the speedster in the fifth round of the 2016 draft. The remorsefulness that the Chiefs stated as a factor in their taking a chance on Hill three years ago stands in stark contrast to Hill's comments on the audio recording, in which he blames Espinal for his assault and battery conviction. That's when Hill replies that she needs to be terrified of him, too.

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