UPDATE, Wednesday, 5:52 p.m. Arrowhead Time
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Tyreek Hill indeed met with the NFL Wednesday—it was an eight-hour interview from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pro Football Talk added that Hill’s interview was conducted by NFL special counsel for investigations Lisa Friel and her deputy, Jennifer Gaffney.
Chiefs’ WR Tyreek Hill met with the NFL today from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, per source. It was said to be a “very thorough interview.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 26, 2019
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport adds that Hill is “expected to be at training camp,” though there is no timetable for the league to come up with a decision on a potential suspension.
From @NFLTotalAccess: NFL officials had their long-awaited interview with #Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill today, as the investigation draws to a close. Hill is expected to be at training camp. pic.twitter.com/GudwmWoL6i— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 26, 2019
UPDATE: Monday, 5:29 p.m. CT Arrowhead Time
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the league’s meeting with Tyreek Hill is set to take place on Wednesday.
Timing update: Chiefs’ WR Tyreek Hill, who has been banned from attending team’s training facility this off-season, is scheduled to meet with NFL officials in Kansas City on Wednesday, per source. https://t.co/0Be65B6LpV— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 24, 2019
Representatives from the NFL intend to conduct “multiple interviews” with Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill this week, according to a report from 810 Sports Radio’s Kevin Kietzman. Kietzman’s report added that Hill will have legal representation with him in all meetings with the league.
The last legitimate news we heard regarding Hill was on June 7, when The Kansas City Star confirmed that his criminal investigation into child abuse was no longer open. Hill and his fiancé, Crystal Espinal, still have an ongoing process with the Kansas Department for Children and Families.
The Chiefs have not made a new statement on the situation since night one of the NFL Draft, when general manager Brett Veach held an emergency press conference to announce that the wide receiver would not partake in team activities. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was the latest to decline additional comment at the conclusion of team offseason workouts.
Back on May 22 at the spring league meeting, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about next steps for the league when it came to Hill.
“As you know, there’s a court proceeding still going on involving [the DCF],” he said. “We will not interfere with that. The priority is this young child. So obviously we will be cooperative of what the court wants.”
810’s report indicates the NFL now feels comfortable moving forward with its own investigation.
As we have noted in the past, there is no longer an active and open criminal investigation of Hill, but that does not mean he won’t be suspended by the league. In 2017, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot was suspended six games for violating the “personal conduct policy” despite not being charged with a crime. Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was suspended four games by the league less than a year ago for “evidence of threatening and emotionally abusive behaviors toward his former girlfriend that showed a pattern of improper conduct.”
Though those cases share similarities to Hill’s, there is no precise precedent to reference.
Monday’s news leads you to believe the league would like to come to a decision prior to Chiefs training camp, set to begin for veterans on July 26. As it still stands currently, Hill cannot partake in Chiefs team activities.
The timeline of events
• March 15: Report: Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill involved in investigation for alleged battery
• March 26: Andy Reid says he has not personally spoken to Hill
• April 18: Report: Tyreek Hill temporarily lost custody of 3-year-old son
• April 18: Report: Letter shows NFL sought information on Tyreek Hill
• April 25: No criminal charges will be filed against Tyreek Hill or Crystal Espinal; Chiefs, Tyreek Hill issue statements
• April 26: Tyreek Hill’s criminal case reopened after release of new audio
• April 26: Chiefs general manager Brett Veach issues statement regarding Tyreek Hill
• April 27: Clark Hunt holds media availability but remains mum on next steps for Tyreek Hill
• May 1: Report: NFL not expected to take action on Tyreek Hill “in the very near future”
• May 2: Report: Tyreek Hill’s lawyer denies child abuse claims in letter to NFL
• May 4: Andy Reid issues non-statement on Tyreek Hill situation
• May 22: Roger Goodell speaks on Tyreek Hill matter during league meeting
• June 7: Johnson County DA says Tyreek Hill’s criminal case ‘no longer active’
• June 7: NFL Network: No minicamp for Tyreek Hill, but training camp likely
• June 8: Johnson County D.A.’s comments have ‘no impact’ on Tyreek Hill’s NFL future
• June 13: Chiefs head coach Andy Reid offers no new comment on Tyreek Hill’s status