No signs Tyreek Hill’s status changes before next week’s minicamp, but barring further developments, there‘s every reason to believe he’ll be back with the #Chiefs for training camp. @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/a1A0y7VgYh— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 7, 2019
The news from Pelissero comes after reports emerged Friday that Hill’s criminal child abuse case was “no longer active.”
PELISSERO: “My understanding is there are no signs as of now that Tyreek Hill will rejoin the team or that his status will change prior to next week’s minicamp.”
The Chiefs’ three-day mandatory minicamp begins Tuesday, June 11.
PELISSERO: “However, barring any further developments, there is every reason to believe that Tyreek Hill will be back with the Chiefs before training camp begins late next month. Now, of course, the NFL could intervene here. They could apply the commissioner’s exempt list to Hill while their investigation continues. That’s something they have rarely done in cases without charges. There also is still a parallel investigation is open with the Kansas department for children and families—some moving parts here with no criminal charges coming forth against Tyreek Hill. That appears to clear up at least one portion of his status going forward with the Chiefs and the NFL.”
Pelissero’s final comments in his report are interesting and worth noting.
Back on May 22 at the spring league meeting, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters the NFL would be holding on a decision until the Kansas Department for Children and Families concluded its court proceeding. But as The Kansas City Star noted this morning, cases can take “weeks, months or even years for the families to receive the services they need.”
On Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill -- that the DA's office isn't actively investigating anymore has no affect on the NFL's investigation into the case.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 7, 2019
The league is still awaiting the go-ahead from those investigating it for the Kansas Dept. of Children and Familes to interview Hill.
One would imagine the ambiguity of such a timetable would not be considered ideal for the league or the Chiefs if they plan to stick to Goodell’s original comments on the matter.
So although the report this morning is newsworthy, questions remain about where the NFL and the Chiefs go from here.