Tyreek Hill’s commitment to growth should include not holding grudges

AP

Sunday’s eight-minute press conference featuring Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill, his first since events of the past four months nearly derailed his career, included an explanation from Hill that he hopes to show real growth going forward.

“As I was going through this long process, my mom told me, ‘People don’t need to change they need to grow,'” Hill said. “And you think of a tree, a tree changes and a tree grows. Every day, my mom told me that, ‘Reek, you need to grow, you need to add layers to yourself.’ Because if a tree grows, it doesn’t go back. So I want to grow, I don’t want to change. I’m trying to grow each and every day of my life.”

If he means it, today’s opportunity for growth comes from his awkward treatment of Brooke Pryor of the Kansas City Star. Pryor, along with Steve Vockrodt of the Star, reported in March that the law-enforcement investigation involving Hill arose from an incident during which Hill’s son suffered a broken arm. Subsequent reporting from WHB radio indicated that the broken arm happened accidentally.

During Sunday’s meeting with reporters, Pryor asked Hill a question regarding his communucations with coach Andy Reid since the NFL announced that Hill won’t be disciplined. Hill responded by saying, “What’s your name?”

“Brooke,” she said.

Hill paused. Then, he smirked. He paused again. And then answered the question.

He’s entitled to be unhappy with the criticism he had received, even if his “bad history” (a term he used on Sunday) invited it. But if he’s truly trying to grow as a person, Hill shouldn’t be acting out on grudges or trying to settle scores, especially during his first interaction with the media since the controversy emerged. Today should have been a day for unconditional contrition, and for appreciation of the fact that things could have gone a much different way for Hill — especially if prosecutors had shared the information in their files with the NFL, and if the NFL had decided that, while there may not be enough evidence to convict Hill in a court of law, there may have been enough to punish him in the Court of Goodell.

“I’m here to man up to what I did,” Hill eventually explained, in reference to his “you need to be terrified of me too, bitch” comment to Crystal Espinal, the mother of his children. “On the audio, my bad language. I’m gonna man up to that. I don’t want nobody talking to my little sister, my daughter that I have now, my mom like that. It’s very disrespectful. And my mom got on to me, like she like thumped me in the ear, ‘C’mon man, Reek. C’mon grow up, grow up out of that.’ So never again. Like I said, I’m growing as a human being, as a person. Never again.”

His commitment to growth and respectful treatment of others would all seem to be a lot more genuine and credible if Hill had simply answered Pryor’s question without asking her name, and without smirking when he realized who she was. And it will make people wonder whether he’s truly committed to growing, or whether he’s simply saying what he thinks he needs to say.

28 responses to “Tyreek Hill’s commitment to growth should include not holding grudges

  1. He said he is going to try to “grow as a person”. He didn’t say that he is now the man you want him to be, and therefore he will handle himself perfectly in every detail of life.

    “Hill paused. Then, he smirked. He paused again. And then answered the question.”

  2. Translation: I’ll say anything that keeps the paychecks rolling in. And the slimy team and their fans will pretend to believe it because I’m good at football.

  3. Its one thing to give a person a second chance, that’s fair. But when a person is on their 3rd+ chance, that person either gets it, or will forever be the enabled until its all gone.
    It sure doesn’t seem like he gets it.

  4. Hill is a serial domestic violence abuser who will now feel emboldened by the fact he wasn’t punished by the league. Men like that don’t just change and suddenly stop being abusive unless they are jailed are receive the kind of shock an 8 – 16 game suspension would possibly have given him.

    If it far more likely than not that there will be another incident, and the only question is if it will remain at assault and breaking bones or if he’ll kill Espinal and or one or more of the kids.

  5. Brooke Pryor INTENTIONALLY left out crucial parts of the secret, 11-MINUTE audio recording that would have completely changed the public opinion of Tyreek Hill. Instead of presenting ALL the facts, she manipulated the real conversation to craft her “narrative” that Tyreek was evil husband/father.

    Seriously, look at all the comments even now, when the truth finally comes out MONTHS later, we still have media members trying desperately to defend their initial crucifixion of Hill.

    If someone tried to FRAME me like that, I wouldn’t bother answering their questions. At least Hill gave an answer.

  6. Guy’s a scumbag, but I mean the leader of the free world right now is just as petty. So who really can call out a football player for such behavior in these times? Humility is just not part of the American experience right now.

  7. “And it will make people wonder whether he’s truly committed to growing, or whether he’s simply saying what he thinks he needs to say.”

    I think we can all agree he is “committed to growing.” Although most of us believe that commitment goes no further than growing the size of his next deal.

  8. “And it will make people wonder whether he’s truly committed to growing, or whether he’s simply saying what he thinks he needs to say.”

    I think we can all agree he is “committed to growing.” Although most of us believe that commitment probably goes no further than growing the size of his next deal.

  9. We should live in a society of checks and balances. I am not a trumper at all..but there is a lack of accountability by the media. They are free to leave out important info, accuse, and slander and believe it is all ok if the use the word “alleged”. It’s not right.

    Is terms of Hill, if he really has an immoral soul, it will show itself again. If not, and he is the victim of sensationalized reporting lies, and (let’s just be honest here) a lot of folks who are closet racists. Then he will redeem himself and I hope those who feel forthright in their accusations or falsely a

  10. Tyreek Hill’s commitment to growth should also include not breaking his 3-year-old son’s arm while allegedly teaching him how to box…and not threaten to assault the boy’s mother. That would be a sign of growth.

  11. redlikethepig says:
    July 28, 2019 at 3:40 pm
    Translation: I’ll say anything that keeps the paychecks rolling in. And the slimy team and their fans will pretend to believe it because I’m good at football.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++
    Says the patriot fan.

  12. Why should he be contrite? Nobody punish him to why should he feel he should have to be,Doesn’t seem like somebody who’s gonna learn from this mistake very easily

  13. Who holds the media accountable? The media gets to say anything they want and destroy lives (especially that of black males) under the cover of “alleged” or “reported. Then when you come face to face with that person…you are supposed to not hold a grudge and have feelings?

    In the United States there is a presumption of innocence. Yet, the media is fast to present allegations as evidence and convict in the court of public opinion.

  14. Brooke’s half story, more like 1/10th if the story, was intentional. She had the full audio and “reported” only the bad stuff.

    Inexcusable!

  15. trump and hill should get together and compare notes about telling obvious lies. although hill would be the one with the most to gain. learning from a pro so to speak.

  16. Hill shouldn’t be acting out on grudges or trying to settle scores, especially during his first interaction with the media since the controversy emerged.

    Kareem Hunt did the same thing during his interview with Pam Oliver. He acted like it was some sort of joke. He was constantly smirking and acting like it was just some big joke. It looks like Hill is made of the same cloth. Any why not–both guys are going to be back on the field shortly. The NFL may talk a lot about things but when it comes to putting some bite in the domestic violence policy they are a paper lion.

  17. Tyreek Hill has more than a lot of room to “grow”, as he puts it. I think we can agree there. That said, this notion that reporters should be absolutely immune from criticism or be held accountable for their actions is appalling. If the media, sports or otherwise, wants to be held highly and respectfully, they should stop manipulating information or leaving out details that have significant consequences for the people they cover.

    Tyreek Hill is someone who has done a lot of wrong, and in my opinion is someone of whom I’d be skeptical of changing. But Brooke Pryor did not do her job in presenting an unbiased view. Hill, as you said should have taken a higher road in acknowledging her, you are correct, as that would have given a better impression of his commitment. However, it is also not unfair to allow him to react when he’s now at the mercy of the reporter who has already proven that she cares more about impressions than she does about complete reporting. He should have done better, but I don’t blame him for that one thing. Pryor and other reporters like her need to have higher standards, and as skeptical as I am personally of Hill’s character, I don’t think it’s fair to hold him to a standard and keep media members immune to criticism.

  18. Wonder when journalists will grow. Hill owes Brook nothing, until she and him clear the air. Hill has been trying to repair his reputation for years. She implied something that, today, you are guilty until innocent.

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