Chiefs, NFL likely to take action on Tyreek Hill this week

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Most who heard the disturbing audio that emerged only an hour before the draft began on Thursday night have concluded that whatever defect of character caused Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill to assault a then-pregnant Crystal Espinal in December 2014 still lingers. And many began to call on the Chiefs to take decisive action as to Hill.

Three days later, the Chiefs haven’t cut him. But they’ve made it clear that he won’t be with the team, at least for “the foreseeable future.” It’s expected that the team and the league will take some sort of additional action this week. Although the NFL typically does not invoke the Commissioner Exempt list in the offseason, the best outcome for now could be to put Hill on paid leave (there’s no pay to be earn) until the renewed criminal investigation ends, and until the NFL makes a decision on any type of league-imposed punishment.

While the Chiefs also could cut Hill, keeping him or cutting him means nothing from a professional standpoint, if he’s on the Commissioner Exempt list. From a personal standpoint, it could make plenty of sense for the Chiefs to officially keep Hill on the team.

Go back and listen to the audio. Hill’s relationship with Espinal can easily be described as dysfunctional, and given what happened more than four years ago if fairly can be regarded as combustible. So if the Chiefs, a franchise that endured the sudden and shocking Jovan Belcher tragedy in 2012, were to sever ties with Hill in the immediate aftermath of a secretly-recorded audio that was made by Espinal being leaked to the media, the Hill-Espinal relationship could become even more combustible.

Given that Hill choked and beat Espinal while she was pregnant, and in light of his chilling “you need to be terrified of me, too” threat caught on audio, it’s not an unreasonable concern.

And that’s an important angle to consider, at a time when many are demanding that the Chiefs do the right thing and move on from Hill. In time, perhaps they will. To the extent that the Chiefs hope to avoid throwing rocket fuel onto a fire that already seems to be raging, there’s no harm in waiting. Especially since Hill currently isn’t, and won’t be, with the Chiefs.

67 responses to “Chiefs, NFL likely to take action on Tyreek Hill this week

  1. I think right now the league with the consent and blessing of the NFL players association has to place Hill on the exempt list. The Chiefs can adhere to that and wait till this situation is resolved in the criminal court and by the league and then go from there. I just don’t seem to understand the sense of urgency people are clamoring for from the Chiefs. This is league wide issue and players association problem…time for both to take a stand and lay down some mutual standards and punishments.

  2. Keep him on the roster and let the legal and NFL discipline system take it’s course. Whatever and however long that is, reassess whether to allow him back or cut ties. Obviously if he goes to prison for an extended period, you’re cutting him. No sense on cutting him beforehand and letting another opportune team like Cleveland that seems to be farming combustible personalities snatch him up, or even a division rival that’s less scupulous and Hill is haunting you twice a year or in the playoffs. Let this thing ride out, and maybe, just maybe, once all the facts are gathered and the disciplinary process plays out, there’s a road to redemption for Hill in a Chiefs uniform.

  3. Glad you’ve cooled off and given it a minute. My initial gut reaction was off with his head too. But quickly I realized as bad as it looks (and probably is) there’s still some unpacking to do.

  4. tj12205 says:
    April 28, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    I think right now the league with the consent and blessing of the NFL players association has to place Hill on the exempt list. The Chiefs can adhere to that and wait till this situation is resolved in the criminal court and by the league and then go from there.
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    OH you mean like they did with Brady or Elliott and many others? Why does Hill deserve any more than what they got, the NFL didn’t wait for the legal process to end before handing out their punishment! Playing in the NFL isn’t a right, it’s a privilege and some players need to be taught that. The NFL needs to get a lot harder on these guys because they obviously “JUST DON’T GET IT” but I’ll bet that after a few get banished for life they do!

  5. What’s even more disturbing to me than what Hill did is the amount of people that are sticking up for Hill! What the hell is wrong with some people today?

  6. Whatever they do it’s not right that a team like the Chiefs in this case, be forced to cut him but then another team, AHEM, like the Browns perhaps, be allowed to sign him w/o any similar backlash.

  7. Hope the league throws him out cause holy Andy the enabler isn’t doing squat the big phony that he is…

  8. Not defending hill because there’s some pretty clear character issues there but there’s no way this woman is innocent. Too many things don’t add up with her especially with this audio. These are screwed up people who need help and hoping for the sake of this child, they get it.

  9. Stick a fork in this guy, He is done. Typical little man syndrome. I would never threaten or hit my wife. I would never lay a hand on any child mine or anyone elses.

    I dont even want to admit what I would do to someone if they hurt my child. I hope if Tyreek is as guilty as he looks, he gets what he deserves.

  10. I’d be worried about her safety too. I’m thinking everyone would feel better if the team kept a security team outside of her house

  11. I just don’t think the general public is as outraged as you might think. There are a lot of bad people living in our society, and many have more important jobs than being a football player. If we think that person can do something for us, we’re willing to accept the flaws. Tyreke Hill’s character was very well known by every NFL team prior to the draft. Lots of teams took him off their draft boards, but then he helps the Chiefs get to the super bowl. The only people who can really control how the NFL handles players like this are the fans. We care a little, but we don’t care enough to do anything about it. I didn’t turn of my TV when Adrian Peterson took the field. I didn’t tear up my Chiefs tickets when Tyreke Hill joined the team. I’m the one to blame and I speak for millions of other fans too. Maybe I’ll burn in hell for it, but I really don’t care. I’m in the majority. NFL revenues broke another record this year, so it’s a pretty solid majority.

  12. What a lot of people don’t understand is that in these big cities the DA/prosecutor won’t even think about bringing charges against someone in a hi-profile case like this unless there’s at least an 80% chance they’ll win the case and in some cases they even want a slam-dunk(100%) before they’ll press charges because these trials cost the tax-payers so much to pursue. One of these cases can easily cost tax-payers hundreds of thousands of dollar range and if they’re a long drawn out trial easily into 7 figures.

    I know its not even close to an apples to apples comparision but just look at the OJ trial, according to the LA county audit just the prosecution cost alone was >9 million dollars and that was almost 25yrs ago!

    And you can bet that if this was the average-Joe his butt would already have been in prison because now more than ever YES there are 2 sets of laws in the USA!

  13. Everyone here has done something they’re not proud of. (Hopefully not beating a pregnant woman) I’m all for second chances, and people do turn their lives around, but it appears Mr. Hill is not one of those. One domestic abuse case and Ray Rice was thrown out of the league. This is two on Hill. Let’s see if Roger’s wheel of justice lands on banishment or a two game suspension. Your guess is as good as any.

  14. Now that the draft is over, Roger will take action and require the Chiefs to delete him from their roster. He didn’t want this narrative to ruin the draft!

  15. The networks should refuse to televise any game Hill plays in.
    pl30 says:
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    I find it odd on where is this same Energy against the likes of the Cleveland Browns who just picked up Kareem Hunt or is this just selective fake outrage again.

    I can assure you that Tyreek Hill will not play another down for the Chiefs, What the Chiefs are doing and rightfully so are safe guarding against another Kareem Hunt situation in which they did the right thing by cutting him only to have that player be suspended for a few games then another team swoops in and SIGN him, By hanging on to Tyreek hill rights they then can wait and see what the NFL next course of action is before offically cutting him.

    I can assure you if the NFL came out and said they ban him from the League they would release him seconds after that is Announce, What the Chiefs don’t want is to release him and he is with another team in a yr or 2 after whatever suspension.

  16. “Not defending hill because there’s some pretty clear character issues there but there’s no way this woman is innocent.”

    Victim blaming is typical of abusers as a way to further control and make the victim feel like they can do nothing about the situation.

  17. Can anyone explain to me why AP is still allowed to play after whipping hid defenseless kid bloody? Yet people still cheer for him and wear his Jersey. Unbelievable…..

  18. There have been too many episodes, dating back to before we even drafted him, and now the damn tape, that I just don’t think we can avoid employing our “zero tolerance” PR option any longer. We gotta say something to at least try saving a little face. Yep, go with zero tolerance.

  19. Hey Charlie Charger, maybe I slept through it but when did Tyreek lead the Chiefs to the Super Bowl?

  20. Few things in this brave new world of ours are as tiresome, not to mention as dangerous to reasonable behavior, as journalists, pundits, and the public all worked into a froth over the alleged misdeeds of athletes, politicians, and all other varieties of celebrities. The cool, calm and collected tone of Ms. Espinal when she’s talking about this brutal behavior towards their son gives me pause, not to mention adding to the need for further investigation. But if it is found – probably when – that Hill has done these things to a little child, I’d turn him over to his teammates and let them prep him for prison life.

  21. OldTime Football says:
    April 28, 2019 at 4:22 pm
    Chiefs are succumbing to pc pressure!

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    ARE YOU STUPID? He punched a three year old in the chest. PUNCHED A THREE YEAR OLD IN THE CHEST.

    Let me REITERATE he punched A THREE YEAR OLD IN THE CHEST. Made him hold his arms out when he did it. About “respect”.

    There is nothing about this that is PC. If you think so, you are a seriously terrible person. This is about not letting someone beat a child and break his bones. Got it, stupid?

  22. cadreamer1969 says:
    April 28, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Exciting times for the media, give Hill death. Love that dirty laundry.
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    Well who’s dirty laundry is it? Did the media dream this up or are they trying to frame Hill?

    NO, so let’s not lose site of the fact that Hill brought this upon himself!

    Personally I don’t for the life of me know why these 2 people are still together?
    Now I can’t speak for anyone else but as far as I’m concerned life is way too short to live with someone that I’m going to fight or argue with! My mom thaught me at a very young age “YOU DON’T ABUSE OR BEAT PEOPLE YOU LOVE” PERIOD.

  23. Whatever they do it’s not right that a team like the Chiefs in this case, be forced to cut him but then another team, AHEM, like the Browns perhaps, be allowed to sign him w/o any similar backlash.

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    What Kareem Hunt did is nothing compared to what Joe Mixon did, so let’s talk about the – AHEM – Bengals too if we’re going to have the conversation.

  24. charliecharger says:

    We care a little, but we don’t care enough to do anything about it. I didn’t turn of my TV when Adrian Peterson took the field. I didn’t tear up my Chiefs tickets when Tyreke Hill joined the team. I’m the one to blame and I speak for millions of other fans too. Maybe I’ll burn in hell for it, but I really don’t care. I’m in the majority. NFL revenues broke another record this year, so it’s a pretty solid majority.
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    So you think the majority of NFL fans stand with you and the “I don’t care” crowd? Or that we should all shut our TV’s off or burn our tickets just because of the actions of about 1% of the players?

    All I can say is WOW, YOU’RE REALLY OUT THERE!

    OH and you’re a fool, just to put it nicely!

  25. Happy to see this perspective, Florio. The internet court’s blanket condemnations and demands for immediate satisfaction accomplish nothing. This situation needs to take as long as needed in order to be handled carefully and correctly. I have every confidence that the Chiefs and the NFL will do the right things in this case.

  26. Everyone that wants their own phone conversations, premeditated and secretly taped by the other party, played for the public raise your hand(without the flying digit).

    The stupidity and abuse are obviously a problem, but the tape is not useful information.

  27. Sweet Insanity says:
    April 28, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    I find it odd on where is this same Energy against the likes of the Cleveland Browns who just picked up Kareem Hunt or is this just selective fake outrage again.

    ……

    Kareem Hunt didn’t have the history that Tyreek Hill does. There were many people who felt he shouldn’t have been given a chance to be in the league in the first place. Had there been video of the beating he wouldn’t have been.

    John Dorsey and Andy Reid told the press that they did their due diligence before drafting Hill, and pointed out that he had undergone counseling and would continue to do so. Andy Reid already gave him a second chance. He doesn’t deserve a third.

  28. But I do understand no team cutting a great player. Count against the cap and see other teams hire these guys for pennies. He should be in jail. Literally in jail.

  29. Steve Cunningham says:
    April 28, 2019 at 4:03 pm
    What’s even more disturbing to me than what Hill did is the amount of people that are sticking up for Hill! What the hell is wrong with some people today?
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    Prior to the release of the audio, there were those (including me) who were rightfully at the time saying that the process needed to play out. Post audio release, I’ve seen no one (including me) defending Hill. Who is defending him at this point?

  30. seetheforrest says:
    April 28, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    The stupidity and abuse are obviously a problem, but the tape is not useful information.

    ….

    The tape proves what a lot of people, and presumably the prosecutor, already thought. That Hill was guilty and Crystal was covering (or riding) for him.

  31. Steve Cunningham says:
    April 28, 2019 at 5:16 pm So you think the majority of NFL fans stand with you and the “I don’t care” crowd? Or that we should all shut our TV’s off or burn our tickets just because of the actions of about 1% of the players?
    All I can say is WOW, YOU’RE REALLY OUT THERE!
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    Glad you’re outraged. I’m just saying that the majority of Americans don’t care about this stuff, and you’re living amongst a majority of people who are REALLY OUT THERE. Lol. Don’t worry, we vote too. I’ve lived in every region of the United States. You can blame the messenger if it makes you feel better. Just educating y’all. Have a great day!

  32. I read somewhere that she is expecting twins. I am not making that up. Just imagine when they have three kids.

  33. Yes, by all means! Take your time. A very tough decision.

    Wouldn’t it be something if Hill snapped and murdered this girl?

    This guy should be in handcuffs.

  34. chuckshontaspads says:

    Patriots cut Hernandez the second he was THOUGHT to be involved.

    That’s absolutely not true. They didn’t cut him until after he was arrested. They had already realized he was involved when they refused him entry to the team facilities. Even when he was on trial Patriots fans were holding up “Free Hernandez” signs. They also signed Michael Floyd after Arizona cut him for extreme DUI. Don’t act like the Patriots are any different from any other team.

  35. tylawspick6 says:
    April 28, 2019 at 7:12 pm
    Yes, by all means! Take your time. A very tough decision.

    Wouldn’t it be something if Hill snapped and murdered this girl?

    This guy should be in handcuffs.
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    Seriously? The team/league side of this issue and the law enforcement side are drastically different things. Do you not understand that?

  36. tj12205 says:
    April 28, 2019 at 3:16 pm
    “I just don’t seem to understand the sense of urgency people are clamoring for from the Chiefs. This is league wide issue and players association problem…time for both to take a stand and lay down some mutual standards and punishments.”

    Right answer, and I am right behind you. But I do not think it is just a league problem – they just have more light shining on them than most. The reality is that it is a societal problem which needs to be solved at the same time. But right on.

  37. blogatron2000 says:
    April 28, 2019 at 7:33 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    April 28, 2019 at 7:12 pm
    Yes, by all means! Take your time. A very tough decision.

    Wouldn’t it be something if Hill snapped and murdered this girl?

    This guy should be in handcuffs.
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    Seriously? The team/league side of this issue and the law enforcement side are drastically different things. Do you not understand that?

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    This is the second time in a year the Chiefs and Goodell have been caught trying to ignore/cover up such obvious and disgusting abuse in the name of enttitement, ego and greed/winning.

    This is disturbing on many levels especially since the Ray Rice fiasco when Goodell was caught cheating then, too.

  38. mjimmym says:
    April 28, 2019 at 4:47 pm
    Can anyone explain to me why AP is still allowed to play after whipping hid defenseless kid bloody? Yet people still cheer for him and wear his Jersey. Unbelievable…..

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    talk to goodell…he is pro domestic abuse. He tried to lie about Ray Rice, he didn’t call the hotel to check the tape with Hunt, he let Vick back in after a dog torture hobby, adrian peterson and on and on and on…

    It is patently unbelievable.

  39. tylawspick6 says:
    April 28, 2019 at 8:25 pm
    This is the second time in a year the Chiefs and Goodell have been caught trying to ignore/cover up such obvious and disgusting abuse in the name of enttitement, ego and greed/winning.

    This is disturbing on many levels especially since the Ray Rice fiasco when Goodell was caught cheating then, too.
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    ROFL!! What are you talking about?????

    This issue is very much on public display. Nobody is trying to cover up anything. Just go away, troll.

  40. There is a strong chance he goes to jail, making this whole debate moot. I think he should be on the exempt list until the criminal stuff sorts itself out at the very least. Let him get his due process. Personally, I think he is kryptonite at this point and I wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole, but the Chiefs can do whatever they want. It is their team. It is bad. Way worse that Kareem Hunt and Ray Rice, but not exactly Aaron Hernandez or Ray Lewis.

  41. Charliecharger “ A lot of teams took him off their draft boards but then he helps the Chiefs go to the Super Bowl”.
    What are you talking about, when did the Chefs go to the Super Bowl? I believe in due process but once that tape came out his football career should be over. Neither of the parents of that little boy should have custody and all of their parental visits need to be supervised until they get some serious help…

  42. This tape incident forced the Chiefs hand. How can the Chiefs keep Hill after this tape and his college incident but cut Hunt? No team can survive that kind of bad PR. NFL teams shouldn’t have players like Hardy’s, Hill’s, Mixon’s, Peterson’s and others on their roster with these incidents just because they can play football.
    I think the Chiefs drafted Hill’s replacement this weekend like others do and Hill is done playing for the Chiefs.

  43. PUNCHED A 3 YEAR OLD IN THE CHEST – because that 3 year old better respect him.
    Let that sink in.
    There is no investigation needed to determine that alone should have severe consequences.

  44. He has to be banned for life. They should’ve banned AP for life too. I wanted the Vikings to cut him when that happened but they didn’t and it bothers me to this day.

  45. blogatron2000 says:
    April 28, 2019 at 8:40 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    April 28, 2019 at 8:25 pm
    This is the second time in a year the Chiefs and Goodell have been caught trying to ignore/cover up such obvious and disgusting abuse in the name of enttitement, ego and greed/winning.

    This is disturbing on many levels especially since the Ray Rice fiasco when Goodell was caught cheating then, too.
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    ROFL!! What are you talking about?????

    This issue is very much on public display. Nobody is trying to cover up anything. Just go away, troll.

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    It’s trolling to express an opinion that Hill is a criminal? Don’t think so.

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