Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach announced that wide receiver Tyreek Hill would “not partake in any team activities” for the “foreseeable future” in a statement after round one of the NFL Draft late Thursday night.
Earlier Thursday, KCTV5 released audio of a conversation between Hill and fiancé Crystal Espinal regarding their 3-year-old son. The conversation reportedly took place in the Dubai International Airport.
TMZ reported police offers were called to Hill’s Kansas home Thursday night after the audio was released, though it is unclear if Hill was even home at the time. TMZ said a spokesperson wouldn’t tell the outlet the nature of the call but “suggested it was connected to the release of the audio tapes.” The police spokesperson added cops were at the residence for 20 minutes and, “It wasn’t that exciting.”
Johnson Country District Attorney Steve Howe announced Wednesday that though a crime was committed against the child of Hill and Espinal, no charges would be filed against either parent due to lack of evidence. That evidence reportedly did not include the recording obtained by KCTV5. The recording is now in Howe’s hands.
Here was the full statement from Veach:
VEACH: “Well, we didn’t have a first-round pick, and I did not anticipate having a press conference. However, in light of the events that transpired tonight, I did think it was appropriate to address the media on behalf of the organization. Earlier this evening, we were made aware of the audio between Tyreek (Hill) and Crystal (Espinal). We were made of this information in real time, just like the general public. We were deeply disturbed by what we heard. We were deeply concerned. Now, obviously we have great concern for Crystal, we are greatly concerned for Tyreek, but our main focus and our main concern is with the young child. As soon as the draft concluded after the last pick, I had the chance to call Drew Rosenhaus and we decided that at this time and for the foreseeable future, Tyreek Hill will not partake in any team activities. We are going to gather more information. We’re going to evaluate this information and we will make the right decision regarding Tyreek Hill. Thank you guys for staying out tonight and I do look forward to seeing you guys tomorrow.”
The Chiefs scheduled a 2:30 p.m. Friday press conference to introduce defensive end Frank Clark, who the team acquired in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday.
The Chiefs also own day-two picks No. 61, No. 63 (second round) and No. 84 (third round).
We’ll keep you updated here at Arrowhead Pride as we find out more on the status of Hill.