NFL stays silent on Tyreek Hill

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It this were a Sunday during the regular season, the pregame shows would be rife with reports regarding the status of Tyreek Hill. Then again, if this were a Sunday during the regular season, there would be nothing to report because Tyreek Hill already would be on the Commissioner Exempt list.

Multiple reports (including one posted here) indicated that the league was likely to place Hill on the Commissioner Exempt list last week. The league didn’t do it. Instead, the league did nothing about Hill. Even now, 10 days after the disturbing audio of Hill telling a woman he once choked and beat while pregnant that “you need to be terrified of me too, bitch” surfaced, the NFL has taken no action and issued no comment about Hill’s situation.

The league hasn’t acted because the league doesn’t need to act. Also, because the entire Personal Conduct Policy mechanism flows from a desire to manipulate P.R. in the NFL’s favor, the league has made a conscious decision not to act, in order to keep the Hill story from becoming bigger than it already it is.

That’s not a report, per se. It’s a reflection of the basic application of common sense. If the NFL were to put Hill on the Commissioner Exempt list, it would spark an Associated Press story that would be carried by every newspaper and related website in the country. People who may have missed the news of the Tyreek Hill audio — news that was completely ignored by NFL Network when it surfaced on the first night of the draft and mostly ignored by ESPN and ABC — would now be aware of it. Obviously, news of something this bad wouldn’t be good for the NFL.

The story gained some traction on Thursday, when Hill’s lawyer submitted (and leaked) an ill-advised letter that ultimately won’t do much to keep Hill from serving a suspension. But the league specifically has avoided what fairly can be regarded as one of the biggest stories of the offseason, presumably because it’s a story the league wishes didn’t exist.

The Chiefs likewise haven’t done much with the story since essentially suspending Hill. Coach Andy Reid, addressing the media on Saturday at the outset of rookie minicamp, made it clear that he had nothing to add.

“If anyone’s here with a Tyreek question, nothing’s changed since the last time we spoke and Brett [Veach] spoke, so I’ll just leave it at that and I’m not going to get into that, so this is the rookies’ time,” Reid said.

Eventually, the league will have no choice but to address Hill’s situation. Until that time comes, look for the NFL to continue to say nothing, because there’s nothing that can be said to make the situation anything other than a negative for a league that would prefer that all media (including the media it owns and operates) focus only on stories that make the league and its teams look good.

So, basically, forget about Hill and get back to consuming videos and articles that praise every team’s draft, that hype every team’s offseason progress, and that create the impression that, somehow, the postseason field for 2019 has been increased to 32.

15 responses to “NFL stays silent on Tyreek Hill

  1. The NFL moves slowly…there is time to apply the appropriate punishment.

  2. Personally I wish the NFL waited until there was a non guilty or guilty verdict. Instead of treating people guilty until proving innocent.

  3. The league didn’t seem quite so reticent to leak info to the press during ‘Deflategate’ did they? The point you make about them manipulating the media to keep this out of the news cycle is an accurate one – which proves they did the exact opposite during anything Patriots related.

  4. redlikethepig says:
    May 5, 2019 at 1:50 pm
    Damned if you do … damned if you don’t. Might as well say nothing.
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    Exactly!

    But the media likes to put some spins on it, for social media sake.

  5. The league lets it self look weak and completely clueless on how it dishes out punishment. The idea they don’t want stories written if He went on the exempt list is a joke. It looks worse that they have done nothing! Why even have that list it not for this purpose. Basically suspended with pay until it gets resolved.

  6. This story isn’t going away, so they are going to have to do something at some point. Have a spine and make a statement now.

  7. Chiefs (with Hill) are the most likely to dethrone the Pats stranglehold on the AFC. Chiefs (without Hill) are a 10-6 wild card team and the Patriots will be in the Super Bowl again. The NFL, and most of the owners and fans would gladly let this “go away” if it meant no patriots in the super bowl. That’s just reality

  8. Hopefully this gets published says:
    May 5, 2019 at 5:30 pm
    Chiefs (with Hill) are the most likely to dethrone the Pats stranglehold on the AFC. Chiefs (without Hill) are a 10-6 wild card team and the Patriots will be in the Super Bowl again. The NFL, and most of the owners and fans would gladly let this “go away” if it meant no patriots in the super bowl. That’s just realit

    Yeah ok, the Chiefs had two shots at the Pats last year and came up 0-2. Even with Hill nothing will change. Without Hill, the Chiefs will be a 8-9 win team max.

  9. That “ill advised letter from his lawyer” put the brakes on this whole ordeal. You’ll be eating crow soon enough. Oh, no you won’t, because the media in this country, in all it’s forms are a pathetic joke of dishonesty for the all mighty buck.

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