D.A.’s comments have “no impact” on NFL’s review of Tyreek Hill case

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Friday’s news from the Johnson County, Kansas district attorney that there is no “active investigation” regarding Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill ultimately will no affect Hill’s status with the league.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy tells PFT that the absence of an active criminal investigation “has no impact on our review.” According to McCarthy, the NFL continues to defer to the pending action involving Child Protective Services; the existence or absence of a criminal investigation has no relevance to that.

This reality dramatically undermines Friday’s explanation from Tom Pelissero of NFL Media that “there’s every reason to believe” Hill will be back for training camp. Currently, there’s no reason to believe Hill will be be back, because there has been no change to the legal proceeding that has prompted the NFL to take a wait-and-see approach regarding the Hill situation.

The waiting isn’t tied to a criminal investigation, but to a Child Protective Services proceeding that previously has resulted in Hill’s son being removed from his custody. As long as that is pending, the NFL will be disinclined to investigate. This means that Hill most likely will remain away from the team, indefinitely.

UPDATE 7:05 p.m. ET: The NFL explains that the absence of an active criminal investigation has no impact on Hill’s status, and that the league has delayed any investigation based on the pending Child Protective Services proceeding.

20 responses to “D.A.’s comments have “no impact” on NFL’s review of Tyreek Hill case

  1. Getting suspended should be the least of his worries. He should be doing time in a nice prison that will treat him the same way he did his son. They will be “terrified” of him.

  2. I’m certainly not defending the action on this poor child. But if he isn’t charged with anything how can the league suspend him? With Mecole Hardman will it really matter.

  3. Not sure why we can not understand these are just people playing football. You have your good and your bad. You have your church boys and your gangsters. You have racists and non racists. If the nightly news doesn’t reflect the NFL players then someone is not being honest. Somehow the NBA, MLB, (which pro baseball, basketball andhockey expands to many different leagues throughout the world but football os mostly here) don’t get the horrible press like the NFL. Even college does a better job. Just sad. Sometimes (in the nfl) Our heroes turn out to be people we would not pee on if they were on fire but we would pee on them just to pee on them. (No crazy fantasies about that so stop visioning TB in a GS…Sickos)

  4. Does this mean that regardless of what the legal system does, the NFL is going to do whatever it wants?

  5. mackcarrington says:
    June 7, 2019 at 8:00 pm
    Does this mean that regardless of what the legal system does, the NFL is going to do whatever it wants?

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    Thats more of an always thing.

  6. >>D.A.’s comments have “no impact”

    Why?
    If the police say there is no evidence of a crime why should someone take it upon themselves to insist that there is and punish the person.

    Now having said that, Hill seems like a monster , terrorizing a 3 year old child.
    I’m fine with a suspension, and I think what he did is much worse than what Kareem Hunt did.

  7. ctchiefsfan25 says:
    June 7, 2019 at 7:46 pm
    I’m certainly not defending the action on this poor child. But if he isn’t charged with anything how can the league suspend him? With Mecole Hardman will it really matter.

    I know where you are coming from but while Pats fans will not understand this, 345 said straight up that a preponderance of evidence is enough to invoke The Policy. Those same fans are likely castigating the response here but frankly it is the right thing to do for the business of the NFL. There is enough smoke to say there is a fire, so you suspend. I would. The criminal courts are best left to, well, the criminal justice system.

    Here’s hoping they do their job. His job should be the least of his worries. Definitely the least of my concerns.

  8. Lol well that’s not true. If the DA said Hill was guilty it would have been terrible for Hill. Saying they dropped the investigation only help Hill.

  9. This is the league’s perfect opportunity to take a stand on this issue. Everyone knows he’s guilty. Combine his prior domestic battery, his son’s injury- neglect if nothing else, and his comments in the recording, and call it strike 3. Time to prove you aren’t going to tolerate it.

  10. So, let me get this straight: The NFL has the power to suspend and/or fine a player for a 10 second segment of an 11 minute recorded conversation between two adults, that may or may not have been edited (but was most certainly one-sided), that was released on the internet?

    This is despite the fact that neither parent was suspected of endangering or abusing their child when admitted to an ER with a broken arm in January, which was not reported to the DCS as suspicious. Hill hasn’t been arrested or accused of a crime by either the Overland Park, Kansas Police Department or the Johnson County DA. While the child was removed from their home in March, Hill’s visitation rights were restored months ago, all the while denying breaking his child’s arm or harming him in any way.

    While uninformed people on the internet are allowed to have an opinion, the Founding Fathers insisted on Due Process, which has saved tens of millions of lives that would have otherwise been destroyed or eliminated if Mob Rule was in effect in its place.

    The new CBA could hang in the balance because without proof of a crime (whether it be video or reliable testimony) and absent an conviction, let alone an arrest, the NFL would be way overstepping their boundaries if they issued a long suspension and/or an egregious monetary fine.

    The NFL isn’t and should not act as Big Brother. If it chooses to go down that path, I would expect the NFLPA to put up a massive fight for any punishment levied in this case because absent any facts, there’s zero proof of wrongdoing on Hill’s part.

  11. If you wealthy and hire great lawyers you can get out of almost anything just ask Robert Kraft or O.J. Simpson. The NFL is not the legal system and they do not need a jury or overwhelming evidence to fire someone. Child abuse is NOT acceptable, period.

  12. My employer can & will fire me for any act that embarrasses our company in a public manner, whether or not charges are filed. The ONLY difference is that there isn’t a union behind me to mediate/monitor the process to protect any rights I might claim. The league can legally (& has repeatedly shown willingness to) do whatever they want w/ fines/suspensions/terminations to police the off-field behavior of players/coaches/staff for the protection of their brand ID. Their major fault in so doing is the selective manner in which they choose to pass on some punishments vs making examples of others.

  13. indiapalealeblog says:
    June 7, 2019 at 8:27 pm
    >>D.A.’s comments have “no impact”

    Why?
    If the police say there is no evidence of a crime

    **********

    The police did not say that. In fact, they said the exact opposite.

  14. JPOH33 says:
    June 8, 2019 at 3:09 am
    If you wealthy and hire great lawyers you can get out of almost anything just ask Robert Kraft or O.J. Simpson. The NFL is not the legal system and they do not need a jury or overwhelming evidence to fire someone. Child abuse is NOT acceptable, period.

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    This is very different from Krafts case. In Krafts case law enforcement has fallen all over themselves and even violated the law (cheated) to try and get him. And even now they are committing a considerable amount of their resources and budget to go to the wall over a first offender John. Kraft has good lawyers to withstand all this and they seem to be winning (the fact law enforcement cheated does give them the grounds), but even still they are getting full effort from law enforcement to squeeze something out of it.

    In Hill’s case law enforcement has somehow become convinced to just shove it in a drawer and forget about it.

  15. “I’m certainly not defending the action on this poor child. But if he isn’t charged with anything how can the league suspend him”?

    The League is a private organization and the clown can be suspended under the CBA personal conduct rules if they find there is merit to doing so. He broke a child’s arm for God’s sake what’s wrong with you?

  16. Food for thought…….for those people that can actually think and not react.

    If the NFL waits until they are cleared to investigate this matter, then the result could be more games missed than the actual penalty the NFL would have levied against him if it had been determined that he was the guilty party.

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