Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill Faces Criminal Charges after Disturbing Audio is Released

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill Faces Criminal Charges after Disturbing Audio is Released

Josh Hobbs

Last week, Kansas City Chiefs Pro-Bowl WR Tyreek Hill found himself involved in some very serious legal trouble regarding himself, and his actions against his three-year-old son. On April 25th, a recording made by Hill’s wife, Crystal Espinal, is a conversation between for Hill and Crustal discussing the actions Hill has taken against his son.

In the recording, Crystal details how Hill, “punches [his son] in the stomach”, and ‘uses a belt’ when the son gets in trouble. The audio also records him telling his wife that, “You need to be terrified of me, too, dumb b—h.”

Back in March, Hill was named a suspect into an investigation regarding a broken arm that his three-year-old had suffered while at home. A press conference was held by the leading prosecutor in the case a few days before the recording was released saying that a crime was believed to have occurred, but they were unable to narrow it down to who committed it.

Tyreek Hill, 25, with the ball during a Chiefs home game.

After the release of the audio, Chiefs General Manager, Brett Veach, gave a statement during a press conference with media reporters.

“We were deeply disturbed by what we heard [on the recorded conversation],” general manager Brett Veach said. “Now, obviously, we have great concern for Crystal. We are greatly concerned for Tyreek. But our main focus, our main concern, is with the young child.” Later in the press conference, Veach announced that Hill had been barred indefinitely from all team activities.

Now with the release of the audio, the Johnson County District Attorney’s office has reopened its criminal case into Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, coach Andy Reid said at a news conference on Friday, April 26th.

Tyreek Hill has also made several statements following the releasement of the audio, all saying he denies having ever hurt his son.

“I love and support my family above anything. My son’s health and happiness is my number one priority…My focus remains on working hard to be the best person for my family and our community I can be, and the best player to help our team win,” said by Hill in a statement issued by his attorney.

So far, the Chiefs have not released Hill from the team, and the NFL has not declared any punishment for Hill. Even though no official ruling has been given, the NFL will almost definitely place Hill on the NFL Commissioner’s Exempt List, which indefinitely bans the player from all NFL activities until further notice.

With Tyreek Hill’s future with the Chiefs in doubt, they selected WR Mecole Hardman out of Georgia who has often been compared as a less polished version of Hill. The young prospect ran a blazing 4.33 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine in March and was arguably the best punt and kick returner in this year’s draft class.

A decision is expected to made soon regarding the future of Tyreek Hill for both his life in and outside of football. The Kansas City Chiefs have been tough in the past with players with legal troubles off the field. The most recent example was young star RB Kareem Hunt (who I wrote about back in January if you want to read) when they released him a few hours after a video showed him physically assaulting a young woman in a hotel.

If Tyreek Hill were to never play for the Chiefs again, it would deeply hurt the Chief’s aspirations of winning the Super Bowl in the near future. His speed, versatility and deep ball threat are irreplaceable, as proven with his stats in his three years with 25 TD, 14.6 YPC, and the most receptions over 40 yards in the league since 2016.