The Kansas City Chiefs got a big boost yesterday as the NFL has decided not to suspend wide receiver Tyreke Hill after concluding that they did not find sufficient evidence.
Chiefs Nation Can Feel Relieved for Now
After being suspended back in April, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreke finally found out his fate as the NFL has decided not to suspend him. He had been accused of breaking his 3-year-old son’s arm after an audio surfaced between him and his fiancé, Crystal Espinal. He also appears to threaten Espinal on the recording where he is heard saying “You need to be terrified of me too b—-.”
This is not the first time Hill has been in trouble with the law for apparent domestic abuse having been involved in an incident with Espinal back in college. In that incident, he was accused of punching and choking his then pregnant girlfriend (now his fiancé). At the time, Oklahoma St made the decision to dismiss him from both the football and track teams.
That case has since been dismissed meaning it does not show up on Hill’s record which obviously would have made this latest incident much worse than it already is for him. It was officially expunged from his record after he completed his probation requirements.
The Kansas City Chiefs should be Concerned
Although he has been cleared by the league for now, the Chiefs need to be very concerned about Hill’s off the field issues. Having fell to the 5th round of the draft due to the incident back in 2014, many Chiefs fans were not comfortable the team drafting him. Of course once they saw his play on the field, it was much easier to put that incident in the past.
On the field of play, simply put Tyreke Hill is one of the best players in the NFL. As a wide receiver last season, he was virtually unstoppable in helping lead the Kansas City Chiefs to the best record in the AFC. His chemistry with second year QB Patrick Mahomes made life much easier for the other weapons on the Chiefs offense to find one on one opportunities. He finished the season with 1,479 (fourth in the NFL) and scored an impressive 12 touchdowns. He is a deadly weapon on special teams as well. For now, NFL defenses seem to have no answer for the dynamic playmaker.
The NFL Will Be Following Up
Although he has been officially cleared to return to training camp, the league will follow up with the court should any additional details surface. As per a statement released by he NFL, the child is safe and the Johnson County District Court is currently monitoring the child’s ongoing care. The fact that the court has sealed all law enforcement records means that the NFL’s investigation was somewhat limited for now. They have been looking into the incident for the last four months and after having failed to find sufficient evidence that shows that he violated the league’s conduct policy, they have decided to allow him to return to the Chiefs.
From the beginning, Hill has denied any wrongdoing. The Chiefs released the following statement on his Twitter account: