In the last two months Chiefs all-pro wide receiver, Tyreek Hill has been accused of domestic violence against his wife and 3-year-old son. The media has attacked him, rightfully so, and Hill could be seeking a permanent ban from the NFL. Also, if one was to believe in second chances, they could not forgive Hill due to his domestic violence charge, which he plead guilty do, back in 2014. None of this was helped by the release of audio between him and his fiance, Crystal, which depicted Hill as an abusive father and husband. But in the defense of Tyreek, his lawyer sent a public 4-page letter to the NFL claiming all allegations are false and Hill is innocent. So, my goal of this article is to give all the information I can find involving this case and create a timeline of the Cheetah’s situation.
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December 2014: Hill is arrested and accused of domestic violence against his wife(later pleaded guilty) and dismissed from Oklahoma State
I’m going to keep this short because nearly every NFL fan knows about the horrific acts that took place by the college star at the time. We don’t need to get into specifics, but this was an awful act by Tyreek Hill. It is as simple as that and he got every consequence he should have.
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September 2015: University of West Alabama announces Tyreek has enrolled and will play for their team
Hill was reinstated to college football under the rage of many fans obviously because of his actions one year prior. Tyreek pushed back his haters with his lighting speed that translated to around 700 total yards with 8 touchdowns in his only year at West Alabama. 4 of those touchdowns were off returns which easily was the reason he ended up even being considered to be drafted. Hill left college football and hoped one team could give him a second chance in the upcoming 2016 NFL draft.
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April 2016: Hill is drafted in the fifth round by the Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs got a steal talent-wise when they took the best returner in the draft, but they took a bunch of criticism of people all around the NFL. Hill’s future in the league definitely was hoped to be short-lived by many, but he rightfully said, “It’s my fault, and its my mistake” when referring to his past. Also, Hill got the support of the Chief’s owner, Clark Hunt, at his back after Hunt talked about how he showed great behavior at training camp and that he believed in second chances. Immediately after the moment, he got drafted, Hill would have to prove many people wrong and show that he is a changed man.
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2016-2018 NFL seasons: Hill has a very successful beginning to his career and was looked at as a changed man by his peers
So far in the 3 years, Hill has been in the league, he has put together three straight pro bowl appearances, a first team all pro for a punt returner, a first team all pro for a slot receiver, and back to back 1,000-yard seasons. He also broke the Chief’s receiving yard record for a season this past 2018 season and helped Patrick Mahomes development into the NFL. To sum it up, arguably the fastest player in NFL history has the beginnings to a hall of fame career. What is even more important though is that Hill seemed to change as a person. Not only did he have no domestic problems with his fiance(yes the same one he had the previous domestic violence act against) or son(not that he and his son had problems before, I just thought it was important to know there was never a problem between the two in the past) in 4 years, he also started foundations in Kansas City like his annual youth football pro camp. Tyreek looked like he cleaned his life up, while at the same time producing top 5 wide receiver stats.
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March 2019: The media and fans see released police reports about two incidents of alleged battery at Tyreek Hill’s house
Out of nowhere like a punch to the gut, KCTV5 released two police reports regarding child abuse and neglect involving Tyreek Hill and Crystal Espinal. The first was on March 5th where both he and his fiance were listed as others involved in the case. It was also listed at their residence, but there was no specific victim. The report just stated there was child abuse/neglect, but most assume this is Tyreek’s 3-year-old son. This case was closed days later and has not been reopened to this day.
9 days later, there was a second police report that only has Hill’s fiance,Crystal, listed on other involved. Tyreek Hill was not at the scene of the report(his home), but it was listed at his household because Crystal and his son stayed there while Tyreek was not home. This incident left the boy with a broken arm supposedly. To the media, it was mostly accepted that you could not determine that Hill did anything at this point. This case was closed, but would supposedly be re opened in late April( I say supposedly because there are reports that it never actually got re opened but that was never confirmed).
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April 2019: Hill(who was not at the house) calls medical assistance to his wife at their home after she fell asleep watching their kids and both parents lose custody of Tyreek’s son.
A lot happened for this whole case in April of 2019. To start, Hill, who temporarily was on a no-contact order with his son, called the police on his fiance due to her passed out and their son walking around unsupervised after seeing surveillance footage. Hill was trying to protect his son here while also being concerned about his 7-month pregnant partner. Crystal was okay and opened the door for authorities.
Dispatcher: Calling 234 for a medical call.
Dispatch audio alerts that medical crews are needed at the home of Hill.
Dispatcher: The medical call ****, caller advising he’s currently at a hotel. He sees a female passed out. The female was watching the reporting party’s 3-year-old son. The 3-year-old is walking around with no one attending him. The female is seven months pregnant. Medical is also responding, ****.
Audio via KCTV5
Second, both Tyreek and Crystal lost custody of their son until the case is resolved. This was determined after a court date that the couple showed up together at. The couple was seen leaving holding hands, but a day later Crystal gave KCTV5 audio of her and Tyreek which they ultimately released a day later. This is when Tyreek Hill becomes the main suspect in the eyes of the media and fans. It’s also important to note that the criminal case is closed because they believed a crime was committed but could not determine who did it until they supposedly reopened it after the audio was released.
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Late April 2019: Audio of Tyreek and his fiance,Crystal, is released, the March 14th case is reopened, and Hill is suspended from all Chief activities.
To start, the most popular point of this case is when the audio of Crystal and Hill arguing about their son and the criminal case is released for everyone to hear. A lot of things are said and it ended up looking terrible for Tyreek due to the strong language he uses against Crystal and the allegations she is throwing on him, but he never admits to breaking his sons arm or abusing him(except for belt use). He does not respond to some of the allegations made by Crystal, but an explanation is provided by his lawyer(we will get to that later). Also, Crystal seems to hint that she covered for him against the police and detectives. Here is the audio that everyone must listen to if you’re invested in the case:
The audio shows that both parents seriously care about their child, but both seem to not have their relationship in a healthy state. Hill does not admit to Crystal’s allegations, though he awkwardly does not say anything after some of them(also explained his Hill’s Lawyer’s letter). Crystal also claims she covered for him against detectives which means Hill could have done more harm if the allegations are true.
After the audio was released the March 14th criminal case was reopened and immediately Andy Reid and Brett Veach suspended Tyreek from all Chief’s activities. This was the right move as they need more evidence of Hill clearly abusing his son or wife to release him. Many believe Hill should be released and charged with child abuse, but he does not say anything in the audio that points to illegal actions.
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May 2019: Hill’s lawyer publishes a 4-page letter claiming there was no illegal abuse given by Tyreek to his child
About a week later, Tyreek Hill’s Lawyer sent a 4-page letter to the NFL in the defense of Hill denying allegations from Crystal. The letter does not go over everything in the audio, however, it highlights specific allegations Crystal made and attempts to disregard them.
This is the majority of the letter written by Hill’s lawyer. In this Hill is depicted as a fun-loving dad that is having relationship problems with his son’s mom. As seen above, Hill admits to beating his son with a belt which is harsh for a 3 year but not illegal. Tyreek certainty denies ever breaking his kids arm and says the only time he punches him is when the two “play fight” with Marvel superhero costumes. Hill also claims that his awful phrases directed at Crystal were out of frustration. Someone should never talk to their future spouse or anyone like that, but if Crystal is throwing allegations on him that he has never heard before, it is understandable to be in a rage. The article also claims that Crystal and Hill are going through relationship problems and were considering splitting up. Obviously, it is a difficult time for any couple going through a split so that could be a reason for the tension between the two in the past months. Hill’s lawyer also claims Tyreek did not respond to some of Crystal’s allegations because he was in shock due to him never hearing them before, which is understandable. The most interesting part of this piece is the supposed text messages between Hill and Crystal. If those texts are real Hill could be exonerated from the case, but those texts still do not explain the son’s broken arm. If the letter is true, it is definitely great for Tyreek, but it still leaves some questions unanswered. It is important to note that lawyers respect the rules of court and swear under oath to not lie in the eyes of the courts. However, Tyreek could be lying to his lawyer.
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After about two months of chaos with the case of Tyreek Hill, his son, and fiance Crystal, there is still no answer to what happened to Tyreek’s 3-year-old son. After the audio was released, it looked Hill was the one at fault and that is still what many think. Then days later a letter released a different side to Hill denying all allegations made by Crystal. Right now, you either believe Crystal and her audio(most people are with her even after the letter in Hill’s defense) or Tyreek and his lawyer’s letter. Neither has admitted to anything illegal against their son or each other. Right now, its honestly unfair to blame either as the domestic abuse causer and the case is still being supposedly investigated.
This case is so odd because Hill was not even at his house when the ongoing criminal case incident happened on March 14th. By the way, there are some reports that the case never got reopened, but that has yet to be confirmed as I stated before. Then you look at the audio and you immediately think Hill is an awful person, but then you look into it a little deeper and some of his actions are somewhat understandable. Crystal could just be trying to ruin Hills career because they are splitting up or Hill could just be trying to cover for his horrific actions against his family. As a Chiefs fan, I do not really care about Hills effect on the field. Of course, he is important to the team, but I am more concerned about his 3-year-old child. No matter what happens in this case, it does not seem like he is in a healthy environment with the tension between Crystal and Hill. Let’s all hope that the kid, in the end, is in a safe and fun environment. Let’s also hope that Hill did not do these allegations and truly is a changed man.
Also here is a quote explaining the Chiefs side of things.