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Chiefs release statement on Tyreek Hill

Sep 9, 2018; Carson, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) returns a punt for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2018; Carson, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) returns a punt for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

After local news station KCTV5 in Kansas City released a bombshell audio tape on Thursday night between Tyreek Hill and his wife about the abuse of their 3-year-old child, the Chiefs put out a statement on Friday morning.

The Statement: Following comments from Chiefs general manager Brett Veach on Thursday after the draft, the team has now followed with a printed statement.

The Suspension: After previously maintaining his innocence earlier this month about the allegations, Hill is now suspended indefinitely from the team.

  • Along with the NFL, the Chiefs will conduct their own investigation to gather information following the release of the audiotape.
  • After the district attorney announced on Wednesday that no charges for child abuse would be followed due to a lack of evidence, the Chiefs also released a statement stating they wouldn’t comment given an investigation was ongoing.

Potential Precedent: While the Chiefs have not released Hill, the team released running back Kareem Hunt during the season after video of his assault came out.

  • The team noted in Hunt’s release at the time that the young running back lied to the team about the assault on camera.
  • Given Hill claimed innocence earlier, the team could ultimately determine he lied to the team and release him as a result.

Any potential league discipline is unlikely to come down any time soon, though it wouldn’t be a surprise if the NFL placed Hill on the Commissioner Exempt List in the near future.