Chiefs’ Hill Suspended After Audio Discussing Child Abuse

Mae Harvey
April 28, 2019

On Wednesday, Howe, the district attorney, announced his office would not charge Hill or Espinal but said he believed a crime had occurred. "My son's health and happiness is my number one priority", his statement reads. "We are going to gather more information, and we will make the right decision regarding Tyreek Hill".

Hill can be heard in the clip denying that he did anything to their son, but he also states that, "You use a belt too", after Espinal says, "What do you do when the child is bad?"

KCTV, a CBS affiliate station based in Kansas City, Missouri, published a portion of the 11-minute recording on Thursday.

In another part of the audio, Espinal said her son was "terrified" of Hill.

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said the team had barred Hill from all team activities until further notice after the recording was aired in U.S. media on Thursday.

On Friday, KCTV 5's Elliot Metz reported that the media outlet has evidence that Crystal Espinal, Hill's fiancee, may have been assaulted earlier in the week.

"I'm not going to have too much to add", Veach said in response to multiple questions about Hill.

"We were deeply disturbed by what we heard", Veach said.

Hill's attorney, Trey Pettlon, has said that the wide receiver has cooperated with law enforcement throughout the investigation.

"Yeah we love Frank and he did a bunch of great stuff here", coach Pete Carroll said after round one of the draft Thursday night.

Espinal also notes that their son repeatedly told law enforcement that "daddy" is the one who hit him, and then seemingly confirms that Hill does so when their son cries. "We have to respect the wishes of the individuals involved in the case".

A general view of Arrowhead stadium during the game between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs 28, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Last year, the Chiefs released star running back Kareem Hunt following a video that showed him pushing and kicking a woman in a hotel hallway.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did an interview with ESPN before the recording was released.

In March, the NFL suspended Hunt for the first eight regular-season games without pay for violating the league's personal conduct policy, stemming from physical altercations at his Cleveland residence in February 2018 and at a resort in OH in June. "You don't make a decision without having those facts".

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