The Kanas City Chiefs announced Thursday night that star wide receiver Tyreek Hill would be suspended indefinitely from all team activities. This announcement comes on heels of an audio recording released by Kansas City CBS affiliate KCTV5, where Hill is confronted by his fiancè, Crystal Espinal about the circumstances that led to the their three-year-old son breaking his arm.
“We were deeply disturbed by what we heard [on the recorded conversation],” Chiefs GM Brett Veach said. “We were deeply concerned. 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,” the statement read.
“We are going to continue to gather information and we will make the right decision,” he continued.
KCTV5 for their part said, they received a copy of the recording, which they believe is from early March. The station also said it was told the recording was an “insurance policy” for Espinal.
Throughout the recording, a male voice repeatedly denies physically abusing a male child.
“I didn’t do nothing,” the man says. “That’s sad. That’s sad, bro.”
“Then why does he say ‘Daddy did it’? Why?” the woman responds.
“He says Daddy does a lot of things,” the man says.
“A 3-year old is not going to lie about what happened to his arm.”
At another point in the recording, she tells him: “He is terrified of you,” speaking of their son. “And you say that he respects you, but it’s not respect.”
“He respects me.”
“He is terrified of you,” she responds.
“You need to be terrified of me, too, (expletive),” he tells her. “That’s why you can’t keep a (expletive) man.”
Johnson County District Attorney Stephen Howe’s office says that his office was “deeply troubled” and that they “believe that a crime has occurred” but that the evidence couldn’t “conclusively establish who committed this crime.”
Although the criminal case has been closed, the child protection case is still ongoing.
In December 2014, Hill allegedly choked and punched his now-fiancé while he was a student at Oklahoma State University. The program eventually dismissed him from the football team. In August 2015, he pleaded guilty to domestic violence and battery by strangulation.
After Hill completed a three-year probationary period, the conviction was dismissed from his record.
During the 2018 season, Hill, 25, caught 87 passes for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns. He added one rushing score and one punt return touchdown.