Kansas City Star calls for Chiefs to cut Tyreek Hill, if allegations are true

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The Chiefs moved swiftly in November to sever ties with running back Kareem Hunt, after a video debunked his claim to the team that he had no involvement in an altercation at a Cleveland hotel earlier that year. The Chiefs now have another situation with a star player, and the local newspaper has called for similar decisive action.

The Editorial Board of the Kansas City Star calls for the Chiefs to release Hill, if it’s proven that he broke his three-year-old son’s arm.

Whether it can be proven that Hill broke his child’s arm is a different issue. His name isn’t listed on the incident report relating to the injury, but the incident occurred at his address. Crystal Espinal, his fiancee, is named in the report; according to the Star, she is currently pregnant with twins.

Obvious questions become whether she or someone else other than Hill inflicted the injury, if the boy’s arm was indeed broken. Then there’s the equally obvious question, given the financial stakes of a situation like this, as to whether she or someone else will try to take the fall for something Hill may have done.

Hunt’s case turned on video. Without evidence that clear in Hill’s case, it may be impossible to conclusively prove anything.

Even then, Hill’s history of domestic violence — largely overlooked as he became one of the best players in the league — will cloud not only this situation but also his career as it moves forward, absent conclusive proof that he is innocent. If nothing else, it could make the Chiefs wait for another year before making Hill the highest-paid receiver in the league.

66 responses to “Kansas City Star calls for Chiefs to cut Tyreek Hill, if allegations are true

  1. Let’s err on the side of caution and lean on the law’s adage of innocent until proven guilty. We can certainly condemn him early without proof, which would be WRONG. However, if there is proof that he’s the one who did this, then he should pay the MAXIMUM price. I don’t care who you are, but if you’re an adult, you should NEVER hurt a child!!!

  2. Even if Hunt is guilty, the Chiefs should not cut him, just so John Dorsey can sign him after an 8 game suspension, without any compensation to the team.
    Heck no.

  3. He was not on a bunch of teams draft plans for a reason.

    It was proved that he has real anger issues.

  4. When you take chances on players with a troubled past, sometimes it comes back to bite you. But we are too quick to condemn people now, as he is innocent til proven guilty.
    Or until he pays someone to take the fall.

  5. Tyreek will charm her and promise it’ll happen again, she’ll believe him and then it’ll happen again. Domestic abusers never change.

  6. Are you trying to win football games or be morally correct? Your choose KC. You might have been in the super bowl if you kept Hunt

  7. Commissioner should make a rule that any player with a proven past can only be signed to a 1 year contract,no gaurentees.

  8. The NFL and every team must have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to violence of any type. As such teams like the Browns can’t become pouching second chance teams. With all the money floating around the NFL (teams, players, agents, media), any recording of such incident which is found should be considered evidence and weighed equally with that of a charge and conviction (as people, typically those related to the purse string, become conflicted when pressing charges and stories completely change).

  9. Really hope Tyreek wasn’t involved in what’s being reported. He’s one of the most exciting players to watch in the league.

  10. So let’s see. What’s more likely?

    Did someone who choked and punched his pregnant girlfriend break his three year old child’s arm and then had the same woman try and cover it up because literally MILLIONS of dollars were at risk or did the girlfriend who got choked and punch break her own child’s arm?

    I’m all for due process and waiting to investigate to see what happened, but it does not look good for Tyreek.

    Deuces to you Cheetah.

  11. Well at least he didn’t exercise his right to protest, had he done that the public outcry would have been worse. He will be back in the league.

  12. As children, my brother and I were wrestling against our Father. I got hurt and had to be taken to the hospital where they tried to get me to say it was intentional. That was back in the 60’s. Let this play out and see what comes of it before we crucify the guy.

  13. So what’s the point of cutting anyone, only to have another team immediately pick them up (I.e. Hunt)? What lessons are anyone being taught?

  14. hotwaterboy says:
    March 16, 2019 at 10:07 am

    So what’s the point of cutting anyone, only to have another team immediately pick them up (I.e. Hunt)? What lessons are anyone being taught?

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    What do you want death? Hunt was suspended 8 games. KC was bullied into releasing him because of the bad pr the NFL is afraid of. Don’t leave this stuff to the judicial system. Leave it to the media and social media to direct things.

  15. I put an angry man that can’t control his emotions (Hunt, mixon) in a whole different category than a domestic abuser. If true, cutting Hill should the be the least of his concerns.

  16. Kapodaco says:
    March 16, 2019 at 9:34 am
    As he should… IF guilty. Let’s not jump to conclusions.

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    They should cut him for punching his pregnant girlfriend in the abdomen….in fact he should do some jail time for that incident

  17. It doesn’t matter if the Chiefs draw a hard line with Hill or not.
    After serving his league mandated suspension he’ll still be able to find a home in Minnesota and play for the Vikings.
    Their fans have a history of welcoming and cheering for child abusers and I see no reason for this to have changed

  18. “Commissioner should make a rule that any player with a proven past can only be signed to a 1 year contract,no gaurentees.”

    The commissioner has a lot of leeway to suspend and use his commissioner’s exempt list, but he has actually zero power to put a rule like that into place. That sort of thing is part of the CBA and must be negotiated and agreed to by all parties.

  19. Regardless of whether he did this, he should have removed his son from this threat of injury after the first incident. He did not and CPS should immediately drop the hammer on these parents.. as well as Roger on peabrain.

  20. pl30 says:
    March 16, 2019 at 9:28 am
    Tyreek will charm her and promise it’ll happen again, she’ll believe him and then it’ll happen again. Domestic abusers never change.

    ******************************************************************

    my guess is that he would not promise to do it again, like you say. That would be real ballsy

  21. jturbo1402003 says:
    March 16, 2019 at 10:31 am
    I’d take the hit and be the fall guy for a cool 5 mil

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    You are as bad as the person who did the crime.

  22. Some people should not have kids.
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    Let alone multiple kids with multiple women. I’ll never understand why some of these pros find it easier to support a dozen kids for 20 years than wear a condom.

  23. I would think that if the kids broken arm was the result of any kind of accident or from his girlfriend, Hill would have been giving a press conference immediately explaining what happened to calm the media mob. I just know that if I were in hew shoes and innocent I would be out there front and center letting everyone no it. The silence from him and the Chiefs appear to me to be the actions of someone who is guilty not innocent. Not saying he is guilty but that he is not acting like an innocent dude.

  24. This is what happens when you gamble on these types of players in the draft. Lots is other teams passed on Hill and now the Chiefs have a nightmare on their hands.

    Without proof or an adult witness willing to come forward I doubt Hill will be charged but this will only empower him to do something similar again. It’s sad and Hill likely needs professional help but will likely not seek it.

  25. This timing is terrible for Hill. Just 2 days ago there was talk of giving him 20 million a year and making him the highest paid receiver in the league. Now no way even if he is proven innocent is he going to get the contract extension this year. He’s still under his rookie contract which is peanuts on the dollar but now is the first time he is eligible for a new contract extension and as soon as he’s eligible for a new deal now these accusations come out.

    I have no idea what happened in his household as none of us do but the optics on this are as bad as they get. This is worse than Adrian Peterson spanking his son w a switch. Adrian up to that point had a why seemed like the perfect image w no problems whatsoever and the league came down hard on him. The NFL could not get at Hill for straight out admitting and pleading guilty to doing some terrible thing to his then pregnant girlfriend. So having a checkered past if he is proven to have any involvement w even this first incident of child abuse I expect the league to give him a year off.

    That would be terrible for him as Hill is still on his late round rookie contract so is slated as a rough estimate guess as like 750,000 this year. If he were to get suspends this year he would still have to play his 4th and last year of his rookie year and have to wait a whole nother offseason w his past as teams to use as bargain chip against his future $’a.

  26. If he did break the kids arms and somehow he manages to avoid jail, then the team should keep him. This extra territorial punishment is getting out of hand. These are football players, a lot of them have issues.

  27. On the one hand: I consider this considerably more serious than a guy kicking a woman in the butt. You go breaking a 3 year olds arm, you are trash and need to be prosecuted.

    On the other hand: The police need to investigate, and a person shouldn’t be convicted by the media.

    If he did it, cut him.

  28. Every injury to a child is investigated by authorities, as should be the case, 98% turn out to be accidental and simply a 3 year old being a three year old. Saw one fall down two steps yesterday as his mother scrambled to try and prevent it. He was fortunately ok, and how was he going to benefit if the mother was deemed negligent and held accountable? Reality is that three year olds can be clumsy have this type of event on their own, even when they are being supervised. I have seen nothing that suggest Hill did this to the child, yet this is making dramatic headlines?

  29. Anyone condemning Hill ever watched their three year old fall while they unsuccessfully tried to get there? Do you folks really think he just grabbed his child and snapped his arm until it broke?

  30. so many people are concerned with the NFL’s punishment. You and I determine what the real punishment is for domestic violence or battery. Why would we expect the NFL to punish him when we don’t? I could hit my wife and spend a couple days in jail and that is it. If I have a good lawyer I just go to anger management and that is that. Society doesn’t take these crimes seriously so why should the NFL? We need to look in the mirror and realize it is us that are the one’s who let guys like this off easy.

  31. Tyreek will charm her and promise it’ll happen again, she’ll believe him and then it’ll happen again. Domestic abusers never change.
    Neither do “victims” in a lot of cases. (This not being one of them).

  32. 3 year olds don’t typically fall and break an arm…..

    Someone likely jerked the kid up by the arm and hurt him.
    It was likely Hill given the history of his DV and also the links between DV and child abuse.

    However, without proof… I don’t see how anyone can do anything.
    And if his wife is willing to take the fall, then that’s her fault for valuing money over the safety of herself and her children.

  33. Mike Gundy was in the right when he immediately kicked him off the team. The Mullet has morals…..

  34. It looks more like mom did it. If Hill did it he’ll never play in the NFL again and cost himself 100 million dollars.

  35. Unlike incidences captured on video a situation like this can be resolved behind closed doors. Tyreek may be innocent in all this, but if not will still probably be cleared as long as the wife or another family member is willing to accept responsibility. Once they all have a chance to assess the big picture surely someone other than Tyreek takes the blame.

  36. This sucks on so many levels. I really feel bad for the kids born into and raised in this type of environment.

  37. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Why are so many so quick to condemn? How many of you have been accused of something – with prison as potential punishment – when you’re innocent?

    I have no clue whether Hill did anything here or not, but what I do know as an American, as someone who still believes in non-socialist policies, that the dude is innocent until proven otherwise.

  38. “3 year olds don’t typically fall and break an arm…..”

    Absurd conclusion. Let me give it a go…

    3 year olds who break arms are not typically injured due to abuse from their father.

  39. Well it is a good thing none of you are a the investigators, judges or jury he would already be sentenced. Please let the process play out and IF he did this they should kick him out of the league!!! If he did not everyone of you that claim he is guilty should apologize and admit you are wrong.

  40. One of the commenters above mentioned that an offender should be banished from the NFL.

    It is incredibly sad that when a team responds to an off-field crime/behavior/whatever by cutting the player, within a week another team will sign him. Most of us are living on under $100k salaries, these guys might be suspended for 8 games, having to make due with $2 million instead of $4 million. (as a hypothetical example.)

    Case after case…..

  41. I read from dozens here that the dad did this, though absolutely no evidence of that. Now I see Newbaum Turk posting “It looks more like mom did it. ” So I ask the following question.

    Is there any chance that a three year old could do this to himself?

  42. It has been about 24 hours since this story broke, but there’s so little fact and not a shred of new information… How does a “Police Report” not, y’know, report anything? There is an address and a name, a nameless juvenile victim, but no story or observations…? Who called the police? Who is the suspected perpetrator? Is the fiancée the only one listed because she was the only adult present when the police arrived? The Chiefs’ statement implies that Tyreek is being investigated. Has he been seen or heard from? Can it not be confirmed or denied a day later that the child’s arm is broken? This is all very strange.

  43. By the way, was it a spiral bone fracture? If so, it’s almost certainly abuse. If it’s a clean break, who knows at this point?

  44. I would cut him, but I couldn’t care less what a newspaper says. Their opinion is meaningless.

  45. Here’s an idea;
    Sit the 3-year-old down in a neutral setting and no parental coaching, with a kind caseworker and ask him who broke his arm.

  46. This story has been corrected to show that Hill himself isn’t being investigated for assault, but that the alleged assault took place at his home.

    From a local radio station. Looks like they are focusing on the mother, only reason he is mentioned is it happened at his home. One report says he wasn’t even there.

  47. statman25 says:
    March 16, 2019 at 8:58 pm
    This story has been corrected to show that Hill himself isn’t being investigated for assault, but that the alleged assault took place at his home.

    From a local radio station. Looks like they are focusing on the mother, only reason he is mentioned is it happened at his home. One report says he wasn’t even there.
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    Looking at the KC Star website, and a KC news site, I am not seeing where Tyreek is no longer being investigated. I would think the Chiefs would immediately announce this if the police no longer considered him a suspect.

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