Tyreek Hill: Fans “have every right to be mad” about domestic violence arrest

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After the Chiefs selected wide receiver Tyreek Hill in the fifth round of the draft, the team defended choosing a player who pleaded guilty to punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend in 2014.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said the team was confident that Hill is “trying to do better” and that the team has a support system in place to help him. That wasn’t enough to temper a negative reaction from some corners of their fanbase, something that Hill said this weekend is justified while trying to reassure those fans that he will stay out of trouble in the future.

“Those guys, those fans, they have every right to be mad at me because I did something wrong and I just let my emotions get the best of me and I shouldn’t have done it,” Hill said in comments distributed by the team. “They have every right to be mad. But guess what, I’m going to come back and be a better man, be a better citizen and everything will just take care of itself and let God do the rest.”

Reid said Saturday that he didn’t think that it would be a wasted draft pick if Hill failed to make the team, although it is hard to imagine the Chiefs drafted a player with Hill’s baggage unless they were fairly convinced that he can improve their on-field product. That would be the case with most draft picks, of course, but being wrong about Hill would be a bigger hit to the Chiefs than cutting a fifth-round pick whose selection didn’t require lengthy explanations.

28 responses to “Tyreek Hill: Fans “have every right to be mad” about domestic violence arrest

  1. Lets hope the young man can get back on the straight and narrow. I do believe in 2nd chances. He has a tremendous opportunity in front of him. Its up to him to seize the moment and make it work out.

  2. This is a lot of coverage for a 5th rd pick. If he is a bad seed they will cut him soon enough. He has served his debt to society why can he do what he does best and get paid for it. Just because you commit crimes doesn’t mean you never get to work again. What he did was reprehensible.

  3. The only people who really should “have every right to be mad”, are the victim…………. and her family.

  4. If Dallas has taken him there would be 100 replies by now instead of 10.

  5. Just don’t follow the Johnny Ourta Football playbook on it and double down with a smirky mugshot then triple down with a video mocking it.

  6. I’m sure the K.C. fans will forgive him if he’s part of a championship team.

  7. Punching a girl, a pregnant one no less, is a pretty bad thing to do. There are many other things that, depending on your moral code, are MUCH worse, even though modern society may not think so.

  8. This will lose some meaning because i myself am a Chiefs fan. However, I’ve come around a bit since the original draft day shock and subsequent storylines that have come to light since in the local media.

    One major factor to me is this: imagine if the entire country knew who you are based solely on the single worst thing you’ve ever done at 21 years old.

    Violence against women is unacceptable, i hope this young man takes his terrible act and brings light to the issue, using his platform as a pro athlete to speak out against things like this.

    We’re all human beings, and we deserve an opportunity to right our wrongs. Where better for rod young man to change the cycle of violence than in the league?

    If he was out of football and no longer had something to stay on the right path for — we may end up reading his name in a different type of headline.

    I wish this young man nothing but the best so long as he can truly overcome his past and come out a better man.

    One thing to keep in mind is that part of his plea agreement was that the victim herself had to A: be okay with him not going to jail and B: agree to all of the secondary reparations in the plea.

    I’m not saying that this was not an atrocious act at all. I’m just saying that there’s more to human beings than in their worst day.

  9. I love how everybody claims a player is the vilest thing on earth unless he’s a member of (insert your team here).

  10. To codiablo, 700levelvet, liontuss & other nonbelievers, God does care about him, his pregnant girlfriend & you as well. Hope this young man makes the most of his second chance. Everybody deserves a second chance; hope you take advantage of yours when your time comes.

  11. I’m a big fan of the Chiefs. I am for second chances but knowing he punched the victim in the face and stomach is horrific to contemplate.

    I am a serious football fan though too and can see what the team sees.i hope he isn’t given anything else beyond trying to make the team. This is a chance for Hill not to squander.

    He’s attending counseling; however, it is court ordered. He did not ask for help. My sister works in the court system and says the courts and the counseling doctors are a wink and a smile. The courts do this as a rule. Noone can tell how sincere those being advised are.

    I hope Tyreek Hill is sincere. But I also know the team has Deanthony Thomas as a punt returner and Knile Davis to return kicks. Hill will have to beat them out for a spot. Either way, the team is in good hands with Thomas and Davis.

  12. mattbilleauthor says:
    May 8, 2016 7:44 PM

    And he is not in prison WHY?
    If you would do any independent research, you wouldn’t have to ask. But like most, you believe whatever the talking heads tell you.

  13. The Chiefs have a tremendous PR department, as evidenced by his statement.

  14. I don’t think anybody is mad. Mad is a word that describes a temporary state of mind. This isn’t a temporary thing that just goes away with time. I’m more concerned about the Chiefs’ decision to bring a guy like this into the community. He obviously hasn’t changed his ways if he’s talking about God having anything to do with his actions. This guy sounds like a ticking time bomb. I’m more disappointed in Andy Reid than I am this kid. I think Andy has a deeply personal reason for wanting to give kids a second chance. What this kid did was ten times worse than what Michael Vick did. I mean, I love dogs and everything, but this was a pregnant woman.

  15. Of all teams, the CHIEFS would bring this lunatic in??

    Didn’t they just have a player murder his family and blow his brains out in the stadium parking lot??

    What are you even thinking inviting this back? “Punching and choking pregnant girlfriend…” Jesus.

  16. After he put a pregnant woman in a headlock and pounded his fist into her head and stomach before compressing her neck to deny her (and the baby) of oxygen, when asked what he’s done to improve himself, Hill said, “I just try to choose my friends wisely. I’m not trying to point any fingers at anybody, but I’ve just got to be better at choosing my friends and who I hang around, stuff like that.” Wow Chiefs. Is a 4.25 40-yard dash time really worth it after Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend before shooting himself in the head at the team’s training facilty just 3 years ago?

  17. kcrobert10 says:
    May 8, 2016 11:15 AM

    He has served his debt to society why can he do what he does best and get paid for it.

    He has NOT “served his debt to society”. His probation began August 15th, 2015 and does not end until August 15th, 2018. If he doesn’t violate that probation, he’ll have served his debt.

    I don’t care if the guy ran a 3.29 40, he shouldn’t have been drafted by an NFL team, especially a team that had a player involved in a domestic violence murder-suicide case in 2012.

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