Report: Tyreek Hill decisions anticipated this week
The Tyreek Hill news was largely ignored by the NFL during the draft and every day since–did you expect anything else? However, that will likely change this week as Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk “expects a decision this week“.
The best move would be for the league to place Hill on the Commissioner Exempt list. In past cases, the league has opted not to invoke the paid-leave provision in the offseason, under the notion there’s far less attention being devoted by the public to the activities of NFL players. But Hill’s case has attracted plenty of attention, despite the league’s best efforts to publicly ignore it.
If you haven’t heard, audio was released of Hill threatening Crystal Espinal while also debating whether Hill broke the arm of their three-year-old son and whether and to what extent Espinal has covered for Hill. There were even more disturbing factoids throughout–like Espinal telling Hill that he has told his three-year-old to open his arms then subsequently punching the child in the chest.
Despicable actions to say the least.
The Chiefs already have essentially suspended Hill, keeping him away from all offseason activities “for the foreseeable future.”
If Hill ultimately isn’t prosecuted (an investigation has been reopened since the release of the audio), the league can then conduct its own investigation and impose discipline under the Personal Conduct Policy, whether for injuring his child, threatening the mother of the child, not being truthful with law-enforcement officials, and/or any other possible violations flowing from the facts.
So, I would expect Hill to be placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list soon, and we will likely not hear another peep from the league office until an investigation is concluded–which could last well into the summer.
Ultimately, the NFL cannot afford another black eye from an investigation that was not thorough and fully vetted.