Report: Investigators quickly determined that Tyreek Hill’s son suffered accidental broken arm

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News came on Friday the Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill is not the subject of an active criminal investigation. Some believed that this development marked the end of Hill’s potential troubles with the league. It did not.

News came on Monday that investigators previously decided that the broken arm suffered by Hill’s three-year-old son happened accidentally. Some will believe that this development marks the end of Hill’s potential troubles with the league. It does not.

WHB radio in Kansas City reports that investigators decided early in the process that neither Hill nor Crystal Espinal, the boy’s mother, broke the child’s arm. Initial reporting in March from the Kansas City Star regarding the child-abuse investigation characterized the injury as a broken arm before removing that reference from the story and then re-inserting it.

Before some Chiefs fans insist that the news of an accidental broken arm mandates Hill’s immediate return to team activities, two key paragraphs from the WHB story need to be read and understood. They appear below.

“The investigation into the couple’s parenting accelerated when Overland Park police checked on the boy in March and found bruises and welts on his body,” the report explains. “Both Hill and Espinal have admitted to investigators that they spanked the three-year-old with their hands and a belt, but prosecutors can’t determine for sure which parent, or if both, went too far.

“In April Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe held a press conference to announce criminal charges wouldn’t be brought against Hill or Espinal but stated he believed a crime was committed against the boy and it was believed the crime was about the broken arm.  It was not.  Howe’s team has halted working on the case as they still can’t bring charges for bruising and harming the boy.”

In other words, Howe still believes a crime was committed against Hill’s son and Hill remains a suspect, given that Hill has admitted to spanking the three-year-old boy with his hands and with a belt. Since both parents were involved in spanking the boy, however, prosecutors can’t prove which one committed the crime.

As explained on Sunday, Hill can be disciplined under the Personal Conduct Policy even without proof that he injured his son. Hill can be disciplined for making threats against Espinal (he told her “you need to be terrified of me too, bitch” as the couple argued the question of whether the boy respects Hill or is terrified of him), and Hill can be disciplined for creating an environment for his child deemed sufficiently unsafe to justify his removal from the home, an extraordinary step for the government to take.

The league informed PFT on Friday that the news of no active criminal investigation has no impact on the league’s position regarding Hill, since the NFL has opted to wait for the Child Protective Services proceeding to end before interviewing Hill. Monday’s news won’t change the league’s posture, either.

If anything, the portion of the report indicating that Hill has admitted to spanking the child with his hands and with a belt will make more susceptible, not less susceptible, to a suspension.

80 responses to “Report: Investigators quickly determined that Tyreek Hill’s son suffered accidental broken arm

  1. So he is innocent criminally but because we live in a hyper judgmental society and we don’t approve of the way he disciplines his child we are going to punish him financially. Some society we live in now a days….

  2. spanking a 3 year old with a belt. and hard enough to leave bruises and welts. please find this child another home before he ends up dead.

  3. Sounds an awful lot like the Roethlisberger suspension. Not enough evidence of any crime but the prosecutor said he believed the behavior was in very poor taste and was reprehensible – and he was absolutely correct. Six game suspension with no charges being filed. I don’t see how it’s different. This is coming from a Steelers fan…

  4. kcrobert10 says:
    June 10, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    So he is innocent criminally but because we live in a hyper judgmental society and we don’t approve of the way he disciplines his child we are going to punish him financially. Some society we live in now a days….

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    yeah great society, where we put aside morals because a guy plays for your favorite team.

  5. Here comes the legion of functional adults who were spanked as kids to claim that spanking has no place in parenting while turning a blind eye to the ridiculous behavior of entitled kids these days who never feared a consequence in their life.

  6. 2-4 games maybe. Maybe no suspension at all. This looks more like media hype and anti Kansas City fans hype more than anything.
    It should of been released by investigators early on that the broken arm was an accident.

  7. Giving a little swat on the rear is fine but hard spanking and belts are unacceptable. It was way different when I was younger but now times have changed and parents have changed. The fear alone of getting a spanking should be enough to encourage a 3 yr old to stop what they are doing wrong. These 2 POS are made for each other.

  8. Using a belt on a 3 year wasn’t, isn’t and never will be ok. It’s lazy parenting. Like we tell our kids “use your words”.

  9. But the cops DIDN’T confirm the arm was an accident, it was just the docs decided the break was “consistent with reaching out to brace for a fall.” Given the 3yr kid was removed into care after bruises and welts were found on his body from the parents’ admitted heavy beatings with a belt, it seems most likely the kid was pushed. Cops knew they couldn’t prove it but absense of evidence is not evidence of absence, and surely the arm remains a suspicious injury.

  10. What is the mentality of a person who spanks a 3-year old with a belt? Especially their own flesh and blood child. Same kind of mentality that is cruel to animals. These people need to be exterminated before they further contaminate the gene pool.

  11. A suspension is great for raider fans,although the league should really mind their own freaking business.

  12. @vonkaiser2001

    So you don’t see the difference between Hill and Roethlisberger.

    Well, ok then.

  13. This kid’s future is doomed with those two “parenting” him…I hope he lives through it.

  14. arealisticpackerfan says:
    June 10, 2019 at 5:36 pm
    Adrian Peterson got 15 games for spanking his son
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    Peterson got suspended for whipping his son until he bled. Big difference there.

  15. The league has already decided to suspend and for how long. They just have to make the facts fit or force them to fit to justify their conclusion.

  16. After what I heard on that audio and the fact this isn’t his first time in trouble I’d cut his butt ASAP. Gotta send a message to these entitled punk kids. Women and kids are off limits. Save your aggression for the field and men your own size.

  17. There is nothing nostalgic and comforting about the backwards ways of your parents, or their parents, in beating children. In any way, shape, or form. It has never been okay. Letting raw anger get the best of you is not a good parenting skill.

  18. BigPoppaMVP says:
    June 10, 2019 at 5:59 pm
    Here comes the legion of functional adults who were spanked as kids to claim that spanking has no place in parenting while turning a blind eye to the ridiculous behavior of entitled kids these days who never feared a consequence in their life.
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    ….and received a “participation” trophy.

  19. BigPoppaMVP says:
    June 10, 2019 at 5:59 pm
    Here comes the legion of functional adults who were spanked as kids to claim that spanking has no place in parenting while turning a blind eye to the ridiculous behavior of entitled kids these days who never feared a consequence in their life.

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    Spanking is one thing. Beating him until you leave marks on a 3 year old is totally different. If you don’t see it then please don’t have kids.

  20. I see no problem with spanking, parents MUST discipline their children.
    Beating is a different story though.
    Nevertheless the NFLPA will defend Hill no matter what.
    And it doesn’t matter what the NFL does or doesn’t do, they will be criticized either way, which is ridiculous.
    Hill will be defended by the NFLPA and the media, no matter what. He will be the victim in the end, in the eyes of the NFLPA and the media.

  21. Peterson got suspended for whipping his son until he bled. Big difference there.

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    Not much difference between a belt and a switch. And Peterson isn’t recorded threatening his wife/girlfriend either.

  22. Playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right. And it’s been proven Hill is a piece of garbage.

  23. Tyrek was recorded by someone he trusted who was just trying to punch her golden ticket to the chocolate factory

  24. The saddest part, besides the poor three year old kid, is that these two sad excuses for human beings will be having twins soon……

  25. The longer Roger waits to do the right thing, the closer we get to the season starting. The way to keep this from tarnishing the shield for NFL 100, is to act decisively, and soon. Which means that we will probably finally hear something the Friday before Labor Day.

  26. If a grown man assaults another fully grown man, it’s a crime. A grown man physically assaulting a 3 year old boy should get life in prison. But that’s if you want to have a civilized society where young boys don’t grow up and take all that horror out on innocent women and children. I’ve never seen a country where so many people are ignorant and proud of it. There isn’t a professional in the world that has determined that physically beating up your kids is healthy. Not one.

  27. Man I got beat with belts, extension cords, shoes, fly swatters, switches, hands a broom…no I didn’t like it, I was just a kid being a kid. I just figured that everyone’s entire family took part in beating the kids. Until I talked with some friends at school and they said that they get grounded or sent to their rooms. I was surprised. Maybe it’s some cultural thing passed down from an unsavory time in history where you got whipped for disobedience and became ingrained. Did it help me as an adult? I don’t know. Never had any run-ins with the law, but I’m not sure if it was pain being the educator or me just not doing anything stupid. Breaking the arm of a three year old, especially your own child is horrible. I know I wouldn’t beat my kid. A swat on the backside to reinforce, yeah but like I said, I didn’t enjoy having weapons being used on me for not eating vegetables or knocking over a lamp. Somebody needs to whip both of them as adults and see how they enjoy it. Maybe it’ll teach them not to be disobedient. Maybe not.

  28. Spanking is one thing, beating your 3 year old til they have welts and bruises all over, not just where you were spanked, is altogether criminal abuse and horrible parenting.

  29. Atleast Tyreek disciplines his kid. There are plenty of kids around my once nice neighborhood that could definitely use a good beating. Amazing how property values drop once you get a few bad eggs in the neighborhood.

  30. So the kid says “daddy did it” and “daddy punches me.” He is 3. He doesn’t make it up.

  31. Everyone Be clear here, the Doctors,the DA in Jo.Co and the Overland Park police said they knew he did NOT break the childs arm. How come it has taken so long for these OFFICALS to come forward with this information. The DA is an elected official. He should be very clear with the public who elected him.

  32. I was disciplined with severe spanking from belts, rods, etc. and it was the norm at the time. I’ve never stopped resenting the parent that did that. My children do not receive any phyiscal discipline and rarely need any kind. I’ve never been as close to my parents as my children are to me.

    That being said. This site made a very early call for removing Hill from the league entirely before getting enough information or taking an objective look at the case. Every new development that makes it appear PFT was too quick to judge has been carefully crafted to continue the original narrative and it’s costing them credibility.

  33. I doubt he gets suspended,especially with NFL 100 and collective bargaining coming up i think if he gets anything it will be maybe 4 games knocked down to two.

  34. T hill was not charged with a crime and Kraft was. Kraft then went on to publicly apologize to his family and fans for his actions. If hill is suspended and Kraft isnt. What a can of worms that the NFL would create. Both crimes 1 was against a child and no charges filed. 1 against a woman who was forced into prostitution.
    The NFL policy is, NFL owners will be held to a higher standard than players

  35. Anyone else find it bat guano crazy that the Chiefs keep drafting guys with “character risks” like Hunt and Hill?

    I mean, sure, they may be first round talents that fall to you in the mid rounds, and that “value” might be too much for some GMs to pass up. And obviously it’s an effective way to win football games, to draft trash people who are good football players.

    Just surprised the franchise who what, 5 years ago? Had one of it’s active 53 murder his significant other before driving to team HQ and blowing his brains out in front of the GM and coaches….one Sunday morning a few hours before that all important kickoff — surprised THIS franchise continues to employ THESE type of people.

    Yeah, lets just let him keep playing. What’s the worst that could happen?

    People act like the Bengals are the league’s dirtiest franchise. Wonderboy Mahomes is keeping the spotlight off all the playmaking human trash surrounding him much like Tebow did for those Gator teams.

    But let’s just let him keep playing. I can’t think of one example as to how this could go badly if kept unchecked.

  36. All you Pats haters yelling about how bad OUR team is. Unfortunately we are full here and our bandwagon is full as well.

    You stick with your trash team in hopes they will BEAT AND BRUISE New England. You stay where you are.
    Pats -7 January 2020.

  37. NFL suspensions aren’t reliant on the law. Hill came into the NFL with one strike due to his previous domestic violence where he allegedly hit his pregnant girlfriend. This latest incident involved a child’s welfare and a recording of him threatening to beat a woman. Goodell needs to send a message and suspend Hill for all of next season. Let all current and future players know that hitting women and/or kids is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated any longer.

  38. Hill admitted he makes his son open his arm so he can punch him in the chest. We all know how a 3 year olds arm breaks, you grab the boy violently and force him to get into position for the beating.

    Ive been spanked, ive been hit with a belt, coat hanger, shoe… that is discipline extreme enough to make me learn my lessons young. I can deal with that. Punching a child in the chest? Grabbing his arm and whipping him around violently enough to break an arm? That is text book child abuse.

    Hill needs to be arrested and banned from the NFL indefinitely.

  39. BigPoppaMVP says:
    June 10, 2019 at 5:59 pm
    Here comes the legion of functional adults who were spanked as kids to claim that spanking has no place in parenting while turning a blind eye to the ridiculous behavior of entitled kids these days who never feared a consequence in their life.
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    I was a product of spanking growing up. To me spanking is more about a frustrated parent who doesn’t have the tools to properly discipline a child and change their behavior. At the same time my brothers who were considerably younger than me came along at a time my parents decided to stop spanking. We all graduated college and have decent jobs and are well adjusted. Spanking did not play a part in that. It only bred resentment.

    Those I’m spanking you for your own good comments are self serving. Most parents are spanking because they’re angry simple as that.

    With most children especially 3 year olds adults are huge and scary when angry. Just yelling at them is frightening enough. With my own children taking things away when they misbehave and constantly reminding them why they don’t have the they don’t have what they want works. Taking time to talk to them works. But those things require time and more effort than spanking.

  40. Lot’s of talk about “spanking” here. Spanking doesn’t leave welts and bruises. Beating does. BIG DIFFERENCE. And not mentioned is the childs mother saying Hill makes him hold his arms out and punches him in the stomach. THAT is worth indefinite ban alone. His follow up of “you need to be terrified of me too” just backs up the fact that he did it.

  41. A light swat that isn’t even close to leaving a mark is all a 3 year old needs for reinforcement, and in my experience, if you are parenting consistently even this is very rarely needed. if you are angry enough to leave multiple visible marks on a 3 year old child, it’s lazy parenting, and dangerous parenting. I think some commenters here don’t realize how small a 3 year old is, they are tiny. Viewing your child as an inconvenience, rather than a gift you have the privilege of raising, leads to this.

  42. Hill should never have been allowed to enter the league for what he did to his pregnant girlfriend. A three year old with welts? These people are animals

  43. ironforgeman says:
    June 10, 2019 at 8:51 pm
    So the kid says “daddy did it” and “daddy punches me.” He is 3. He doesn’t make it up.
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    Kids don’t make that stuff up but psycho baby-mama’s do plant stuff in kids brains that isn’t true.

  44. Has anyone stated how the kid accidentally fell breaking his arm? Something like he was jumping on the bed and fell off type of excuse. The fact nothing, about that has come out. Makes me more skeptical that he was pushed or thrown, then landing in a defensive position that put too much pressure on his arm snapping it.

    At this point, the NFL needs to set a punishment so everyone can move on. I am frankly tired of giving this bad person attention or justification so he can play football. As a Chiefs fan, I hate what this does to our offense but frankly. If he isn’t banned from the NFL why should we cut him so some other team can sign him and say all the good thing about how well he has changed and doing everything right for them. See Kareem Hunt as an example.

  45. 3 yrs old… spanked w hands and belts ’til he had welts and bruises?!?! NOT OK, and NOT good parenting! Get that poor kid outta that home!

  46. Weather or not he actually broke his sons arm it is clear his son is not safe in that house with either parent. If AP got a year for what he did, Hill needs to get at least that if not more. End of story.

  47. It’s mind boggling the posters defending a child abuser! Disciplining a child does not leave bruises or welts! Nor does the state remove a child from a home unless the state is concerned for the child ‘s safety!
    He should be suspended. End of story.

  48. kcrobert10 says:
    June 10, 2019 at 5:45 pm
    So he is innocent criminally but because we live in a hyper judgmental society and we don’t approve of the way he disciplines his child we are going to punish him financially. Some society we live in now a days….
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    If you’re seriously ok with what has come out about Hill’s treatment of the child and his mother because to you fandom > all else…you’re truly lost.

  49. What kind of person, kind of “man” beats a three-year child with a belt? The same kind of man who likes to hit a woman when she is pregnant. Despicable!

  50. Don’t know what actually happened, but pretty dirty of the POLICE AND MEDIA to “conveniently” leave out the fact that police DID NOT suspect the broken arm of foul play FROM THE BEGINNING.

    It’s getting difficult to trust the police and media when things like this are WILLFULLY ignored or even worse, manufactured narrative like the whole “human trafficking” aspect of Kraft’s case.

    Disgusting behaviour and goes against everything great about your America.

  51. Sounds like they cannot prove he did anything wrong so now they are just throwing crap at the wall hoping something sticks all to save face because their original charges were proven unfounded. Until I see actually pictures of these bruises and welt’s im not just going to take there word for it being they’re already proven liars. It seems like they don’t want to clear his name because they know they’d be liable after what they accused this guy of.

  52. discountdoublecheck says: “If you’re seriously ok with what has come out about Hill’s treatment of the child and his mother because to you fandom > all else…you’re truly lost.”
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    Don’t care about Hill or Chiefs. I do care about FACTS and DUE PROCESS. At this point, there is no evidence that Hill caused those bruises and even in the secretly recorded audio, he specifically DENIES it.

    A guilty father/husband would pull a “Kobe” and admit it to his spouse and buy her a $4 million diamond ring to keep her quiet. He doesn’t – even in a secret recording when he thinks it’s safe to talk about it.

  53. jjackwagon says:
    June 11, 2019 at 8:57 am
    ironforgeman says:
    June 10, 2019 at 8:51 pm
    So the kid says “daddy did it” and “daddy punches me.” He is 3. He doesn’t make it up.
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    Kids don’t make that stuff up but psycho baby-mama’s do plant stuff in kids brains that isn’t true.
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    What you say is true, definitely, but listen to the audio. Crystal threw it at Tyreek, he did not deny it.

  54. akira1971 says:
    June 11, 2019 at 10:58 am
    discountdoublecheck says: “If you’re seriously ok with what has come out about Hill’s treatment of the child and his mother because to you fandom > all else…you’re truly lost.”
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    Don’t care about Hill or Chiefs. I do care about FACTS and DUE PROCESS. At this point, there is no evidence that Hill caused those bruises and even in the secretly recorded audio, he specifically DENIES it.

    A guilty father/husband would pull a “Kobe” and admit it to his spouse and buy her a $4 million diamond ring to keep her quiet. He doesn’t – even in a secret recording when he thinks it’s safe to talk about it.
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    Yeah…as do I and most other decent people. But to say no evidence…lmao.

    Doesn’t change the fact that many NFL fans {Chiefs in particular of course} have blindly proclaimed his undeserved total innocence over and over again since this saga began. Its been clear as day. Putting blind fandom ahead of…oh I don’t know…not being ok with abusing children, is disgusting.

    And the people acting like this kind of ‘discipline’ of a 3 year old {regardless of who left the bruises Sherlock} is somehow on par with ‘I wuz spanked as a chillin n look how I turnded out hurba durba’ are pathetic.

  55. to all those who argue that the three year olds spanking was justifi\ed, there is no way to know for sure if that three year needed the spanking or not. remember hes three, the child does not know right from wrong, and id hate to break it to ya, but you cant beat morals into children, it just doesnt work that way. it is not that we are more sensitive nowadays, we are just smarter and understand that there are plenty other methods to discipline your children. i was spanked as a kid, and i can tell ya, it made things worse rather than help. there are statistics to prove that spanking does more harm than good. just because it worked on some of you doesnt mean it will work on everyone.

  56. This whole thing reminds me of the Brett Kavanagh circus created by the media. Trial by public opinion versus fact. We now know that Tyreek nor his Fiancé caused a broken bones. This is a media witch hunt. They seek to destroy a man because of a mistake years ago, and think this proves he is guilty. The NFL, nor any employer, should be allowed to suspend or terminate you based on enuendo and speculation. All those calling for his ousting have clearly never been falsely accused of anything. The new disturbing trend seems to be guilty until proven innocent. I agree he should serve a 4 game suspension for his verbal statement, but anything more is simply unjust. The media needs to keep their nose out of this, and stop trying to destroy people without cold hand facts!

  57. arealisticpackerfan says:

    June 10, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Adrian Peterson got 15 games for spanking his son.
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    Peterson spanked his kids genitals… AP is a freak. Its all in the Police Report that I assume you did not bother looking at before speaking.

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