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On Tuesday, 610 Sports Radio released an uninterrupted 11-minute audio recording of a conversation (audio here) between Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and his fiancé, Crystal Espinal — a recording Espinal reportedly made without Hill’s knowledge as the two walked through Dubai International Airport.
Before playing the recording on the air Tuesday afternoon, 610 Sports Radio host Carrington Harrison said the station had been in possession of the uninterrupted recording since June 7, and he has been engaged in a lengthy process to determine if they could release it on the air. Harrison said that the recording was presented in its original form, except for “bleeping” the names of individuals and what Harrison called “curse words.”
Local news station KCTV5 first released portions of the recording on April 25; Tuesday marked the first time the uninterrupted recording has been made available to the public.
In the recording, the couple can be heard having conversations about their airline tickets and baggage check-in with airport employees, which lends credence to the original report that the recording was made in the Dubai airport.
Friend-of-the-site Terez Paylor reported the NFL and Chiefs have heard the entire audio, which includes a conversation that appears to be regarding the 2014 incident in Oklahoma in which Hill pled guilty to charges of domestic violence and led to his dismissal from the Oklahoma State football team.
HILL: “You ruined my life and you lied on me in 2014, bro...and if you want to rewind that night we can rewind that night too, [expletive]. You was in my house. And did I pick you up and slam you? Hell no, I picked you up and put you out my door and after that you left. And on my son you did that, bro. And then then you get in the courtroom you want to sit up there and cry on the stand. ‘He hit me, he hit me.’ Man, come on bro.”
ESPINAL: “Then where did the bruises come from, Tyreek?”
HILL: “Did I hit you? Did I hit you, though?”
ESPINAL: “I’m asking you where did the bruises come from.”
HILL: “Did I hit you? Tell me the truth in my eyes right now. Look at me.”
ESPINAL: “We’re not thinking about that. Right now the issue is [our son].”
Hill’s domestic violence conviction was dismissed and expunged in Oklahoma during August of last year after he completed his probation requirements.
In another section of the recording not heard publicly before Tuesday, Hill appears to be saying he regrets being in a relationship with Espinal.
HILL; “My life is supposed to be a whole lot easier right now… 2014 wasn’t supposed to happen. None of that [expletive]. But I broke my son’s arm? Come on, let’s be real, bro. You know how I am with kids. You know how I am with [our son]. I’m very hard on him but I would never hurt my son in life.”
The Chiefs have not made a new statement on the situation since the first night 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.
Hill denied child abuse claims in a letter to the NFL that was made public back in early May. The letter included a text exchange between Espinal and Hill, as they discuss “spanking” their child.
Tyreek: “Crystal you know I didn’t cause any bruising or harm to [our son.] But for some reason I still may be charged.”
Crystal: “I know you didn’t. I did. I hurt [our son.] I’m the one that did it. I was hurt and mad at you so I blamed you for everything.”
The most recent development in Hill’s case was his eight-hour meeting with NFL investigators, and now the Chiefs await a decision from the league. Since early June, the expectation has been that Hill would take part in training camp.
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
• June 26: Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill met with NFL for eight-hour interview Wednesday, expected to be at training camp