Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill part of police investigation – KSHB

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill part of police investigation - KSHB
Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill under investigation for alleged battery
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Chiefs are investigating an incident in which star receiver Tyreek Hill was involved in a domestic battery episode in suburban Kansas City earlier this week.

KCTV5 obtained copies of a police report filed by Espinal on March 5 claiming child abuse/neglect, and another filed on March 14 for alleged battery against a juvenile. Hills name is not on the second report, though it was filed by Espinal and cops responded to the same address from the first report. The Kansas City Star also obtained the police reports, and further reported that the March 14 battery incident involved the couples son, and that it resulted in a broken arm.

The team said in a statement to The Associated Press that it was aware of a police report filed Thursday by the Overland Park Police Department that lists Hills address and identifies a juvenile as the victim. Hills fiance, Crystal Espinal, is identified among “others involved.”

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Overland Park police Officer John Lacy said the case has been turned over to prosecutors for review. No charges have been filed against Hill, and Johnson County prosecutors spokeswoman Kristi Bergeron didnt immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

Video: Police investigate 2 incidents of suspected child abuse at home of Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill part of police investigation in Overland Park

Chiefs spokesman Ted Crews said Friday the team has been in contact with local authorities and the NFL as it gathers more information but declined further comment.

Hill, 25, came to the Chiefs as a fifth-round draft pick in 2016 after his draft stock fell due to his off-field record. Hill was arrested while at Oklahoma State in 2014 after Espinal told police he threw her, punched her in the face and the stomach and choked her while she was pregnant. He was given three years probation after pleading guilty in the case and had the charges dismissed and expunged earlier this year after completing the terms of his probation. 

While starring at Oklahoma State in 2014, Hill allegedly punched and choked Espinal when she was pregnant with their son. He was kicked off the team and pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation, and received three years of probation in the case.

Hill transferred to West Alabama and was chosen by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, a selection widely criticized given his history. The Chiefs said at the time they had vetted Hill and were comfortable with their decision, and they put safeguards that included counseling and other checks they hoped would keep Hill on the right path.

“Tyreek has done a nice job staying on top of himself with that,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said late last month. “Do we communicate with him? Yes. We have things set up for him if there are issues, but hes been phenomenal. Every team has that, but it gives you confidence in human beings that they can make a change when they put their mind to it and do things the right way.”

According to KCTV-5, TMZ and other reports, there is also a report from the Overland Park Police Department dated March 5 that names both Hill and Espinal as involved in an incident. Neither are listed as suspects. There is a note on the report that the case was closed/cleared and prosecution declined on March 8, TMZ reported.

It appeared to be working, too. Hill won over a skeptical fan base with his game-breaking ability and the way he interacted with them, often signing autographs for hours during training camp.

He had 87 catches for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, helping quarterback Patrick Mahomes win league MVP honors and the Chiefs win a third consecutive AFC West title. They advanced to the conference title game before losing in overtime the Super Bowl-champion Patriots.

The Chiefs selected Hill in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. His selection was immediately controversial, and at the time, the team said they believed Hill could make a clean break from the kind of behavior for which he had been charged in Oklahoma, and would not tolerate another occurrence.

Hill is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and the Chiefs had been building their roster to create enough salary cap flexibility to sign him to a long-term deal. The largest contract given to a wide receiver is the $90 million, five-year deal that the Giants gave Odell Beckham Jr., who has since been traded to the Cleveland Browns.

“Possible aggravating factors include, but are not limited to, a prior violation of the Personal Conduct Policy, similar misconduct before joining the NFL, violence involving a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when an act is committed against a particularly vulnerable person, such as a child, a pregnant woman, or an elderly person, or where the act is committed in the presence of a child,” the Personal Conduct Policy explains, with emphasis added.


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