Just a day after NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported there was “every reason to believe” wide receiver Tyreek Hill would rejoin the Kansas City Chiefs for training camp in St. Joseph, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio is saying not so fast.
PFT: NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy tells PFT that the absence of an active criminal investigation “has no impact on our review.” According to McCarthy, the NFL continues to defer to the pending action involving Child Protective Services; the existence or absence of a criminal investigation has no relevance to that.
Pelissero’s words came after reports that Hill’s criminal child abuse case was “no longer active” emerged on Friday. And although Hill may be cleared of a criminal investigation pending any new evidence, it appears that may have nothing to do with how the league intends to handle his case.
As I noted Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said the league would be holding on a decision until the Kansas Department for Children and Families concluded its court proceeding, something that could take a while.
Back in 2017, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot was suspended six games for violating the “personal conduct policy” despite not being charged with a crime. But while Elliot’s case shares some similarities to Hill’s, they are not exactly the same. That means there is no real precedent to reference when it comes to Hill.
Given the sensitivity of the situation, it is doubtful the league will be in any rush to come to a final decision.