Tyreek Hill decisions expected this week

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As explained here on Sunday, the Chiefs and/or the NFL are expected to take further action regarding receiver Tyreek Hill this week.

For the NFL, the better description would be “any” action, because the NFL has flatly ignored HIll’s situation in the 87 hours and counting since the disturbing audio of Hill threatening Crystal Espinal and also debating whether Hill broke the arm of their three-year-old son and whether and to what extent Espinal has covered for Hill.

The best move would be for the league to place Hill on the Commissioner Exempt list. In past cases, the league has opted not to invoke the paid-leave provision in the offseason, under the notion there’s far less attention being devoted by the public to the activities of NFL players. But Hill’s case has attracted plenty of attention, despite the league’s best efforts to publicly ignore it.

The Chiefs already have essentially suspended Hill, keeping him away from all offseason activities “for the foreseeable future.” With the Chiefs possibly concerned that something more definitive could further inflame the relationship between Hill and Espinal, it’s better for the league to place Hill on paid leave while the justice system investigates the situation and, quite possibly, makes further league or team action moot. If Hill ultimately isn’t prosecuted, the league can then conduct its own investigation and impose discipline under the Personal Conduct Policy, whether for injuring his child, threatening the mother of the child, not being truthful with law-enforcement officials, and/or any other possible violations flowing from the facts.

None of this changes the reality, based on the audio, that Hill has forfeited the privilege of playing for the Chiefs or any other NFL team. Once Hill is on the Commissioner Exempt list, however, there will be no need to get to that conclusion now — even if that’s the conclusion that ultimately should be reached.

52 responses to “Tyreek Hill decisions expected this week

  1. I’m officially “over the Hill”. Be gone with him.

    I would think most fans don’t want him on their team just like I wouldn’t want him on mine.
    I wouldn’t want any victories cheapened by having this bum on the squad.

  2. The problem with all of these cases is that the player gets released because the team does not want the appearance of condoning domestic violence- but the team that picks up the released player gets praised for giving him a second chance r. It’s hypocritical.

  3. It’s inexcusable that the league didn’t place Hill on the commissioner’s exempt list within a few hours of the audio dropping. I’m not a Chief’s fan but the idea of the league office leaving any member organization hung out to dry when they had a very simple device available to them to get them out from under the microscope is unfathomable. If I were Clark Hunt (or any owner that found themselves in his circumstances) I’d be furious and I’d damn sure want an explanation that went beyond platitudes from a league office that all too often seems to forget who they really work for.

  4. “Not sure why there is a delay?”

    The league didn’t want the PR nightmare of addressing this in the middle of their flagship offseason event, that’s the delay. If Goodell had banned him or exempted him during the draft this would have taken significant attention off the draft and on to Hill.

    I believe the league did this simple because they didn’t want a big black eye on the draft. But for the kids getting drafted I think it was the right decision. Let them enjoy living out the dreams without the Hill situation taking anything further away from it then it already did.

    That said, the draft is over, any further delay is outrageous. There is no question Goodell should put him on the exempt list immediately.

  5. factschecker says:
    April 29, 2019 at 10:39 am

    I would think most fans don’t want him on their team…
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    I would think, or at least hope, that Hill’s soon to be former teammates would not want him as a teammate anymore.

  6. How about Hill doing the right thing by saying he is stepping away from football to get the help he needs to straighten out life by resolving his issues? It’s a little knee-jerk to be blaming the league at thiscstage.

  7. While I think he should be banned by the league, I think we all know that isn’t going to happen. He may get suspended for a little while, but he will play again. It makes no sense for the Chiefs to cut him. He will get a decent “prove it” type deal, and the team that signs him get a great player. What do the Chiefs get? They get screwed.
    Until the league steps up and puts clowns like this out for good, I’m done calling for them to be cut. That only hurts the team losing the player, not the player himself, and he is the one that needs to be hurt.

  8. Been way too much bad press over too long a period – we just can’t avoid our zero tolerance line any longer.

  9. he needs to be banned from the nfl.

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    Maybe so, but the NFLPA would fight it and would win. The court, if it works properly, doesn’t rule based on what we feel should happen or our emotions. It rules on precedent and rules set in place. Currently there are no rules, or guidelines that would allow for a lifetime ban under the CBA.

  10. The “stepping away from football statement and getting the help he needs” statement will be carefully crafted by his lawyers and come right after he is put on the exempt list.

  11. How about the league get the guy some help? You want to talk about being moral. How about mandatory counseling, while he is on leave, for him and his girlfriend. It seems like they both need to be taught how to raise a child. This issue doesn’t go away because he can’t play football.

  12. I think how this affects the Chiefs, and whether they get “fair compensation” for this former player should be the least of anyone’s concerns. The Chiefs were already more than compensated for taking a risk on the player.

    They got a first round talent in the fifth, as most teams did not want this stench on their rosters. The three years of Pro Bowl production on a fifth round salary were their compensation. Well, that, and all the solid PR. There should be no discussion of how they feel they were wronged in the Hunt situation.

    When you gamble, you sometimes lose. Adults deal with the cards they are dealt. Chiefs fans seem to want to change the rules just to protect themselves, again. It’s almost Polianian.

  13. NFLPA will get involved. Let the league suspend him. If another team is going to rehab him, like Kareem Hunt, why can’t KC? He’s too young and good to never play again. It’s hard to separate the too, but he’s a commodity, and if someone’s job banks on winning, he’ll be brought in.

  14. if the Chiefs cut him like everyone is crying out for, then Cleveland swoops in and gets him next year, does that make sense for the Chiefs to cut him to make everyone happy right now ?

    what matters is the health of the family , thats it, not a rush to judgement and everyone demanding that the Chiefs cut him immediately.

  15. David Muehlhausen says:
    April 29, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Maybe so, but the NFLPA would fight it and would win. The court, if it works properly, doesn’t rule based on what we feel should happen or our emotions. It rules on precedent and rules set in place. Currently there are no rules, or guidelines that would allow for a lifetime ban under the CBA.
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    Yes, the NFLPA would probably file a grievance, and they would lose again due to Article 46 of the CBA. That is the existing precedent. I do not know why you believe the NFLPA would not lose the grievance, when a Federal Court previously set a precedent, albeit only 2-1, that Article 46 gives the Commissioner the right to levy any punishment on any player with or without a valid reason. Unlike deflate-gate, the Commissioner actually has a reason to levy a punishment this time. Maybe you believe the NFLPA takes their grievance to the Supreme Court this time, but I doubt they go that route.

  16. gooboy6 says:
    April 29, 2019 at 11:49 am
    if the Chiefs cut him like everyone is crying out for, then Cleveland swoops in and gets him next year, does that make sense for the Chiefs to cut him to make everyone happy right now ?

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    If the Chiefs want to make it clear that they have zero-tolerance for domestic violence then….yeah they should cut him now

  17. The Chiefs don’t give a crap . Hunt , Hill . Who is next ? If the league wants to clean its image up , they are going to have to start penalizing teams much more harshly for players transgressions . Possibly in the form of playoff ineligibility . Teams would surely weed out the bad ones and spend extra recourses to do their due diligence before acquiring these guys .

  18. “Maybe so, but the NFLPA would fight it and would win. The court, if it works properly, doesn’t rule based on what we feel should happen or our emotions. It rules on precedent and rules set in place. Currently there are no rules, or guidelines that would allow for a lifetime ban under the CBA.”

    Or, Goodell can simply leave him on the commissioner’s exempt list for years to come and the NFLPA can’t do squat about it. Maybe they fight it after the first couple years and maybe the NFLPA gets him off the list maybe 3 or 4 years from now by the time the court battle is over. At which point it would be highly unlikely he’s still in football shape or that anyone would sign him.

  19. Its very simple when it comes to what decision the NFL should take. IF they are NOT going to BAN the likes of a tyreek Hill for life then put in place rules that could equally work as a deterrent for teams swooping in to pick up these BAD APPLES after their Suspensions. Its very simple these teams MUST cough up a 1st & 2nd round picks to the FORMER team that held these players Rights, Lets see how much these teams really wants that player.

  20. The really sad part here is that she is 7 months pregnant with twins, so soon she will have 3 children with Tyreek…he can’t handle having a 3 year old…imagine what kind of world it will be when 2 newborns are in the mix…I don’t know how she will support all those kids, but for her sake and the sake of her children, she needs to get out of Kansas City now!!! If he loses his job, he won’t take responsibility for it, he will blame her!!!

  21. primemundo says:
    April 29, 2019 at 11:21 am
    How about the league get the guy some help? You want to talk about being moral. How about mandatory counseling, while he is on leave, for him and his girlfriend. It seems like they both need to be taught how to raise a child.

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    Counseling wouldn’t help this fool. He doesn’t need to be told how to warm up the formula.

  22. “I don’t know how she will support all those kids, but for her sake and the sake of her children, she needs to get out of Kansas City now!!! ”

    Possibly she has to work like most people do. She has clearly been protecting him for the sake of the NFL mega paycheck which makes her more concerned with NFL money than her 3 year old. I don’t have a lot of sympathy for that. She is enabling the continued awful behavior at best for her own financial interest.

  23. I wonder how many people on here calling to ban him for life, and rightfully so, cheer for the equally despicable AP, who not so long ago beat and whipped his defenseless kid bloody…..

  24. ?? For you. If he is banned is there incentive for him to get help and learn decent behavior? Mandatory counseling with a professionals endorsement prior to ever playing again, would hopefully be incentive enough to better his child’s life. I don’t care one lick about Tyreek Hill and he can rot. What’s the boys best chance? If band, he should go to jail until his son is old enough and tough enough to kick his dad’s butt. This is a different position than I’d normally take, but instead of looking at time for the crime, what is the best help the kid?

  25. I’m astonished that there are people actually willing to give this horrible person another chance. He needs to be banned immediately from the NFL.

  26. Have the Chiefs even asked him point blank if he is responsible for his son’s arm or if that his voice on the audio?

    We don’t want delayed decisions, we want to know that Goodell is doing his job as commissioner instead of hoping these things go away.

  27. Chiefs need to tell the league to make a move before they do. They pulled the trigger on Hunt and got burnt. They shouldn’t bail out the league office again.

  28. InoffensiveAccountName says:
    April 29, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Chiefs need to tell the league to make a move before they do. They pulled the trigger on Hunt and got burnt. They shouldn’t bail out the league office again.
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    Agree, I get that teams are taking risk by drafting players and the possibility that they will screw up, but teams like the Browns should not be able to take a risk free flyer on that player just a few short months later. Now….the Chiefs didn’t have to cut Hunt either….they could have done what the Vikings did with Peterson, or what they are doing now with Hill and make the NFL take action. That is really the only fair recourse for the team, so I don’t blame them at all for not cutting him right away. The league needs to implement its own suspensions without pay and when the league determines the suspension is over that players contract picks up where it left off.

  29. The NFL needs to suspend him indefinitely. He can apply for reinstatement after a year.

    Considering what happened to Peterson for a much lesser charge, that should be the minimum punishment he gets. They also should not let him join any team until after the suspension is over.

    Otherwise, he’ll be cut by the Chiefs, picked up by some other team and actually play for that team either in 2019 or 2020.

  30. This is worse than Ray Rice. The difference is, of course, that Hill can still play.

    I hope the league does the right thing and suspends him for a long, long time…

  31. I usually am on players side with suspensions but Hill should never be allowed in an NFL lockerroom again.

  32. Who’s next on the Chiefs to be accused of domestic violence? Pat Mahomes? It must be Andy Reid’s fault. After all, he did such a good job with his own sons.

  33. You wrote:

    “The NFL needs to suspend him indefinitely. He can apply for reinstatement after a year.

    Considering what happened to Peterson for a much lesser charge, that should be the minimum punishment he gets. They also should not let him join any team until after the suspension is over.”

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    And then we have Josh Gordon suspended indefinitely for smoking weed in a country where more than half of states legally allow the consumption in some manner or another. And this spouse-beating, child-abusing clown is still has had no action taken against him by the league The NFL, “N”o “F”reaking “L”ogic. (Feel free to change the “F” to a better word), at it’s usual self either over or under punishing personnel following no logic or moral scruples behind it’s actions. Shame on you R.G.

  34. Chiefs will cut Tyreek Hill once they do their due diligence. They’re trying to avoid the situation where it turns out the tape is fake and Hill ends up suiting up for the Browns in Week 1 while making the league minimum. Unlikely I know, but you have make sure that is not the case.

  35. I listened to the audio, OMG! If this guy is ever in my vision I will find justice for that child. Punching a 3 yr old for crying, really. This guy needs to be locked up!

  36. The longer the Chiefs sit on this the more respect they will lose as an organization. “But but…but maybe we can still keep him! He’s fast!” Man up and cut this animal.

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