Former Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill admits podcast teaser is ‘bait’

Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)
Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images) /

Former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill said he is happy about the direction of his podcast as “people’s panties are in a wad.”

Former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill met with the media in Wichita, Kansas on Friday afternoon for a football camp just days after a teaser for his podcast caught a lot of attention as it inferred that Hill was not used properly in Kansas City. Hill was asked about the teaser and admitted that fans are falling for the “bait.”

The teaser included Hill and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, saying that Hill wanted to stay in Kansas City. Later in the teaser, Hill’s co-host, Julius Collins, said the Chiefs “did not utilize” Hill. Collins then asked Hill if he felt he was and if the Chiefs tried to “suppress” Hill’s statistics to devalue his signing. The teaser ended right there.

Obviously, this sparked a big reaction from Chiefs fans. It seems asinine to even insinuate that Hill was being underutilized considering he was in the top 10 in the NFL for most targeted wide receiver each of the last two years.

When Hill spoke to the media regarding his new podcast, he did not seem to regret how the teaser was published. Here is the full quote.

"I am very excited for it to be released. A lot of people are getting caught into the bait. It’s just a minute snippet. It was just a question. My co-host, Julius Collins, posed the question to me. As you have seen in the clip, I didn’t even answer the question. It was just a question.I just feel like for my podcast, I feel like my podcast is going in the right direction. I got people’s panties in a wad. I feel very comfortable with that. I just feel like some things needed to be said."

It sounds like Hill and his camp released a teaser to intentionally mislead fans. I get it. It’s a brand new podcast, so they want to drive up interest so the first episode can get a lot of downloads and subscribers.

Here is the problem: Hill is the last person any of us would expect to do something like this.

Remember back in 2019 when KCTV5 announced that they had an 11-minute audio recording of Hill and his ex-fiancée? As you may remember, KCTV5 cherry-picked the audio clip and provided two minutes from different parts of the recording. The two minutes they displayed told a completely different story than the 11-minute audio clip that was later shared by other media outlets that later obtained the same 11-minute audio recording.

Hill knows what it’s like to be the center of a media angle that told a very misleading story. Yet here he is doing the same thing for his podcast.

Look, you’re Tyreek Hill. You don’t need to create a clickbait teaser to get attention. You, obviously, still have a strong following from Kansas City while you are now in a bigger market in Miami as Dolphins fans are ecstatic to have Hill. His podcast should do big numbers for its debut simply because of who he is.

It’s unclear why Hill felt the need to go this route to promote his podcast, but he did, and it is very surprising to see it come from him after what he went through in a misleading story in 2019.

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