Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill released a statement in response to the ongoing child abuse investigation via his attorneys on Thursday.
On Thursday, the attorneys for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver released a personal statement to the media in response to a press conference held yesterday by District Attorney Steve Howe from Johnson County, Kansas.
During Wednesday’s press conference, Howe announced the conclusion of the county’s findings with regards to allegations of child abuse and child neglect from two separate occasions at Hill’s personal residence. Neither Hill nor his fiancee Crystal Espinal have been charged at any point during the weeks-long investigation, and Howe announced that would continue to be the face as the county declined to file charges in either matter.
"“I love and support my family above anything. My son’s health and happiness is my number one priority. I want to thank the Kansas City Chiefs, my attorneys, my agent and my union for supporting me through this. My focus remains on working hard to be the best person for my family and our community I can be, and the best player to help our team win.”"
The announcement only closed one chapter of a larger book against Hill. Right now, he still faces an ongoing investigation by Child Protective Services and it’s unclear when that will officially wrap up. Once that is finished, the Chiefs or the NFL (or both) will likely make statements of their own as to what they will do, if anything, regarding Hill’s ability to play. Will he face any punishment at all? If so, will it be a fine or a suspension? Will he remain with the team?
All these questions remain unanswered right now and will continue to hang overhead for a while. Certainly the Chiefs will go through the 2019 NFL Draft without any certainty surrounding their best offensive weapon, so it will be interesting to see if they make a move for a wideout early on.
Hill had 1,479 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the Chiefs. The former mark set a franchise record.