When a Kansas City radio station released in late April audio footage of Chiefs All Pro Tyreek Hill and his then-fiancée Crystal Espinal discussing the child-abuse investigation regarding their three-year-old son’s broken arm, and Hill clearly threatening the woman he pleaded guilty to assaulting in 2014, it seemed Hill might never wear a Chiefs uniform again.
But following its investigation into Hill, the NFL on Friday announced it didn’t find evidence that he violated the Personal Conduct Policy and Hill will be permitted to join the Chiefs when veterans report to training camp in St. Joseph, Missouri, July 26.
“Over the past four months, we have conducted a comprehensive investigation of allegations regarding Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Throughout this investigation, the NFL's primary concern has been the well-being of the child,” the league’s statement reads. “Our understanding is that the child is safe and that the child's ongoing care is being directed and monitored by the Johnson County District Court and the Johnson County Department for Children and Families.
“In conducting our investigation, we have taken great care to ensure that we do not interfere with the county's proceedings or compromise the privacy or welfare of the child in any way. The information developed in the court proceeding is confidential and has not been shared with us, and the court has sealed all law enforcement records. Local law enforcement authorities have publicly advised that the available evidence does not permit them to determine who caused the child's injuries.
“Similarly, based on the evidence presently available, the NFL cannot conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy. Accordingly, he may attend Kansas City's training camp and participate in all club activities. He has been and will continue to be subject to conditions set forth by the District Court, Commissioner Goodell, and the Chiefs, which include clinical evaluation and therapeutic intervention.
"If further information becomes available through law enforcement, the pending court proceeding, or other sources, we will promptly consider it and take all appropriate steps at that time.”
It’s unclear why the league determined that, despite its conduct policy explicitly barring players making threats toward women, Hill wasn't subject at least to the same four-game suspension Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith received to begin last season. But the Chiefs surely are happy they decided to suspend but retain Hill in the wake of the explosive audio that surfaced on the first night of the draft, with Hill telling Espinal "she better be terrified too bitch."
The Chiefs released their own statement Friday following the league's determination.
"We have been informed of the decision by the National Football League that, based on the available evidence, the league has not found thatTyreek Hillviolated the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy. Based on the information provided to us by the league, we have decided it is appropriate for Tyreek to return to the team at the start of training camp. The club fully supports the conditions for return laid out by the league and will continue to monitor any new developments in the case. We are glad to welcome Tyreek back to the team and look forward to the start of training camp next week."
Hill also weighed in on Twitter regarding the "false allegations."
"The last few months have been very difficult for me, especially as a father. The false allegations originally reported in March were highly publicized and involved the care of my son. I am grateful for so many thing and grateful for so many people who have supported me during this challenging time. I fully respect and accept the NFL's decision.
"To the fans, friends, and family that I have made in Kansas City: I love you and thank you for your continued support. To the NFLPA, Mr. Ned Ehrlich: thank you for your dedication, understanding and guidance through this process. To the NFL, Commissioner Goodell and everyone who assisted in this investigation: thank you for your time and for conducting a thorough investigation. I will not let you down.
"To the Kansas City Chiefs, Clark Hunt, Brett Veach, Coach Reid, the entire organization and the Chiefs Kingdom: you gave me a home when everyone doubted me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all. I can assure you that I will continue to work to be the person, player, and teammate that you envisioned me to be.
"To my children, my beautiful children: I love you all dearly and I promise you all that I will continue to strive to be the best father, the best friend, the best role model, and the best mentor that I can be.
"I love you all."