JOCO DA reopens case, Chiefs suspend Tyreek Hill from team activities

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April 25, 2019 - 12:52 pm
Jan 20, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) reacts during the first half of the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium.

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Update - 3:30pm 26Apr19

The Johnson County district attorney has reopened the criminal investigation into the conduct of Tyreek Hill and his fiance Crystal Espinal in regards to their three-year-old son.  This comes just two days after DA Steve Howe said he would not be filing charges in the case, despite believing a crime had occured.

The reopening of the case was prompted by a just-released audio recording of a conversation between Hill and Espinal.

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Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach announced Thursday that wide receiver Tyreek Hill would “not partake in any team activities” for the “foreseeable future.”

Veach was reacting to the release of audio recordings by KCTV 5 that appears to capture Hill threatening his fiancee.

Crystal Espinal os apparently heard telling Hill that their three-year-old son is terrified of him, while accusing Hill of breaking the boy's arm. Then the man in the recording says "You need to be terrified of me, too," adding an expletive.

Hill denies harming the boy on the recording, but says Espinal also mistreated their son, while Espinal suggests she had previously covered for Hill.

Wednesday morning Hill said in a written statement that his son's health and happiness is his number one priority, the day after, the county prosecutor said he was not charging the couple following a child abuse investigation.

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Original story from April 25, 2019:

Olathe, KS - Kansas City Chiefs star receiver Tyreek Hill is maintaining his innocence after prosecutors declined to charge him in a domestic incident that involved his fiancee and their 3-year-old.

Hill said in a statement released Thursday that his "son's health and happiness" is his "number one priority."

Police were called to the Overland Park home of Hill and his fiancee twice last month, and investigators determined their child had been injured the second time.

On Wednesday, the Johnson County, Kansas, district attorney declined to press charges in the case because he could not determine whether Hill or his fiancee was responsible. DA Steve Howe says the 3-year-old boy is safe.

The Chiefs issued a comment late Wednesday acknowledging the prosecutor's decision but declining further comment.

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