It was not that long ago that Tyreek Hill seemed almost certain to be suspended by the NFL regardless of how the child abuse allegations against him played out legally, but that did not happen. That has apparently led to some disbelief across the league.
After the NFL announced on Friday that Hill will not be suspended, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports commented that a lot of people around the league are “shocked” with the outcome. Michael Lombardi of The Athletic took it a step further.
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— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) July 19, 2019
Hill met with the NFL last month, and reports at the time indicated he presented league officials with a significant amount of evidence that proved he had nothing to do with his 3-year-old son suffering a broken arm. He was apparently able to convince police of the same, which is the main reason he did not face charges.
The shock from people around the NFL likely stems from the audio recording that Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, supposedly gave to a friend as an “insurance policy.” In the audio, Espinal is heard telling Hill that the 3-year-old boy said “daddy did it” when asked how he injured his arm. It was also suggested that Hill uses a belt to discipline the boy. When Espinal told Hill the couple’s son is terrified of him, the star wide receiver responded, “You need to be terrified of me, too, b—-.”
While none of that necessarily proves that Hill abused his son, many are shocked that the threatening language he used wasn’t enough to warrant disciplinary action from the NFL. Hill also had some serious red flags surrounding him when he came into the NFL, which is why he slipped into the fifth round. Given his history and some of the details surrounding the child abuse case, he seems fortunate to be returning to the Chiefs so soon.