With no “active investigation” regarding Tyreek Hill, it’s time for the NFL to investigate him

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Last month, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell explained that league will wait to interview Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill regarding potential Personal Conduct Policy violations until the pending criminal investigation ends.

“The priority is the young child,” Goodell said after the May ownership meeting. “We will obviously be cooperative with whatever the court wants. We are prepared to go ahead and have an interview whenever we have the permission to do so and then we’ll go ahead and make a determination based on what information we have at that time.”

Goodell’s explanation was in the right church but definitely planted in the wrong pew; there’s nothing for a court to allow or disallow until there’s a court proceeding, and there’s no one to give the NFL permission to talk to Hill if there’s no prosecution. The point, albeit inartfully made by a non-lawyer who prides himself on being a non-lawyer, is that the NFL won’t investigate a player for Personal Conduct Policy violations while a criminal investigation is pending.

On Friday, it became clear that there’s no pending criminal investigation. Which gives the NFL the green light to investigate and, if necessary, to discipline Hill.

Already, signs are emerging that the NFL — apparently concerned about any P.R. problems that could mar Big Shield, Season 100 — will not-so-subtly brush this one under the rug. Indeed, Shield Media already is floating the stunning notion that Hill will return to training camp unfettered by a paid or unpaid suspension.

While the NFL may not want to dirty its hands by delving into whether and to what extent the Mr. Hyde who choked and beat a pregnant Crystal Espinal in 2014 has once again overpowered Dr. Jekyll, the NFL has created a clear precedent that cries out for action, given aggressively zealous investigations and suspensions of players like Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

And there definitely are potential Personal Conduct Policy violations, even if Hill is never arrested or charged. In a subsequent item, we’ll outline all of the ways that the NFL could proceed against Hill.

For now, here’s the point: The NFL has no reason to delay an investigation of Tyreek Hill, and if justified the imposition of discipline. Based on the messages already being disseminated by the media operation the NFL owns and operates, the league at a minimum is floating a trial balloon regarding the possibility that no action of any kind will be taken.

41 responses to “With no “active investigation” regarding Tyreek Hill, it’s time for the NFL to investigate him

  1. But it begs the question – SHOULD the NFL be investigating? Because the league’s entire crackdown on player conduct has done nothing but blow up in its face.

  2. MF good piece.. I’m sure Goodell would like you to be quiet, but should forward this to them and ask them what the h***. Not a cowboys or chief’s fan, but this is turning into a sham.

  3. Thank goodness KC didn’t just react to the immediate reactive social media and cut him so another team was able to pluck him right up now that this is being smoothed over.

  4. As far as I am concerned, the trial balloon just crashed upon takeoff. It would set a horrible precedent if this egregious act were to be swept under a rug. Shame on the NFL.

  5. It’s disheartening to see a young players careers derailed at the hands of mob mentality justice. Leave the investigations to the detectives, Roger

  6. The NFL does everything possible to conceal domestic violence by its players. Hill admitted on tape to punching his 3 year old in the chest and threatening his once again pregnant fiance that he previously choked and beat. He should get at the very least the mandated 6 game suspension for domestic violence, and put on the commissioner’s exempt list in the meantime.

  7. I mean, it’s not like he played football in cold temperatures, and then got rid of an old phone he was told was not needed. Then, Rog would have thrown the book at him.

  8. Sounds like somebody’s trying to save face from rushing to judgment.

    The court has due diligence and the league have their procedures. Let’s let them all play themselves out please!!

  9. What Adrian Peterson did, and apparently continues to do, is 10 times worse than what Hill is being accused of doing. We’ve already forgotten about Peterson. I’d just rather let law enforcement handle law enforcement, and let the NFL handle football. If it was entirely up to me, all these criminals would be banned for life, but it ain’t up to me. As long as we don’t seem to mind this type of behavior, the NFL isn’t going to do anything about it. We buy the tickets. We buy the memorabilia. We financially support the NFL. The league leaders get their marching orders from us. They are listening to every word we say, and even more, they’re watching our actions. Our actions tell them we’re cool with all these bad men. If nobody showed up for a game Adrian Peterson was playing in, he’d be gone tomorrow. But the stadium was packed, so we’ve spoken loud and clear. We don’t really give a hoot about someone else’s kids. Don’t blame the league. This is on us.

  10. Employers taking on the role and power of law enforcement to investigate the private lives of their employees…a completely stupid and disgusting idea that will definitely be very popular around here.

  11. It’s improbable that Tyreek and his girlfriend would both cover up for a third party.

    It would seem that either he did it and she’s helping him cover it up, or that she did it and he’s helping her cover it up. So the police won’t charge either one of them. Either way, Tyreek is intimately involved and should be either suspended or banned. Past history would seem to say he broke his child’s arm.

  12. charliecharger says:
    June 7, 2019 at 6:07 pm
    “What Adrian Peterson did, and apparently continues to do, is 10 times worse than what Hill is being accused of doing.”

    Really? 10 times worse?

  13. If someone is cannot be prosecuted due to lack of evidence or found “not guilty” by a court, who is the NFL to inflict punishment? Is the NFL better than our justice system all of sudden?

  14. Guilty in a court of public opinion until they prove their innocence in the MSM.
    That’s the American way now…..

  15. Please stop acting like a suspension by the NFL is equivalent to jail time. It’s not a criminal punishment, he is still a free citizen. The contract Tyreek Hill signed (that pays him lots of money) means he must follow the NFL’s policies. Those policies clearly state that the NFL can suspend or take action on a player who conducts themselves in a way that is seen as detrimental to the league. Yes, it is purposefully vague in saying what ‘conduct detrimental to the league’ means because they will ultimately treat each infraction on a case by case basis and act in a manner that is best for the NFL, not the player or team.

    If Tyreek Hill didn’t do it, I bet he knows who did. And if he’s lying and purposefully covering it up then that’s just as bad as assaulting his 3 year old child. I find it hard to believe he does not know who was with his 3 year old child when the assault took place.

  16. The Social media mob is out in force. And the media doing their job to rile people.

    The guy hasn’t been charged or convicted of anything and people come here and label a person because their thumbs have zero accountability.

  17. While it was really troubling, I didn’t hear an outright confession in that audio. I’m glad that kid is away from Hill. But if the law (DA and police force) can’t find anything to pursue on Hill, then what can we expect the NFL to find? I hate to say it, but based on the lack of evidence, I think they need to let him play. If he has done anything to that child – and there are lots of anecdotal reasons to think he did – then lock him up and throw away the key. I just don’t think we’ve seen that (yet).

  18. datageek94 says:
    June 7, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    It’s improbable that Tyreek and his girlfriend would both cover up for a third party.

    It would seem that either he did it and she’s helping him cover it up, or that she did it and he’s helping her cover it up. So the police won’t charge either one of them. Either way, Tyreek is intimately involved and should be either suspended or banned. Past history would seem to say he broke his child’s arm.

    ———-

    Or maybe like kids do, he was jumping on a couch/bed, or fell out of a tree, or fell off his bike/skateboard/scooter.

    Are we at a point where it’s guilty until proven innocence and no child’s broken arm should be left behind?

    He may be a scumbag on this one or not. They just might not have the info. In that case, you have to let it stand.

    It’s better to let 100 crimes go then convict a single innocent person.

  19. That there is not enough evidence to charge Tyreek Hill with a crime is a fact. That there is no proof that he broke his son’s arm is also a fact. That there are many more people willing to rush to judgement and convict based on supposition than there are people who are willing to let things play out based on the facts is really sad.

  20. It’s good to read all the opinions here, because I don’t really know what to think about it.

    One thing for sure, Kraft in the massage parlor pales in comparison to the seriousness of issues like this.

  21. Zeke was not charged by law enforcement = fact
    Girlfriends friends doubted / disputed her accusations = fact
    Officials recommended no punishment = fact
    Zeke’s case did not involve a child = fact
    Zeke got six games = fact

    Now tell me again how this should not be a minimum of six games?

  22. He DID NOT BREAK THE KIDS ARM. The police knew it all along. It was a childhood accident like one of 10,000 other ones that happened when I grew up. The media purposely misled and ran with it to sell stories and get clicks. The police kept it going for political currency. The man will lose millions of dollars and the Chiefs will save $40m and look like they are better after Kareem Hunt. The parents and the kid lose in how this was handled. He is guilty of old school approach to disciplining children. I dont agree with the approach but my grandmother would have…

  23. The threat alone should warrant a 4-6 game suspension. Can’t believe how people just ignore that. The man is dangerous.

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