By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The NFL announced through Ian Rapoport on Friday that it will not suspend Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill after an independent investigation, citing a lack of sufficient evidence to prove he violated the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.
Hill, 25, first came under investigation in March for an alleged incident involving the battery of his 3-year-old son, who reportedly suffered a broken arm. The case was closed, then reopened when audio emerged of Hill’s fiancee Crystal Espinal accusing him of injuring their son.
In a statement on the matter, the NFL reported that “our understanding is the child is safe and that the child’s ongoing care is being directed and monitored by the Johnson County District Court and the Johnson County Department for Children and Families.” But as for the investigation, the league confirms it could not suspend Hill “based on the evidence presently available.” Read the full statement below:
What Went Wrong This Time?
This is one of those cases where common sense dictates that Hill is the guilty party and should be suspended at least six games for violating the Personal Conduct Policy. But unfortunately, the police reports and audio tapes wouldn’t have been enough to hold up in court. And apparently, it couldn’t meet whatever the NFL’s standard is.
Considering Hill’s ex-teammate Kareem Hunt got released and suspended eight games for his own violent incidents, the league’s standard must be that the alleged incident needs to be caught on camera. “Video or it didn’t happen.”
Hill will now be allowed to attend Chiefs training camp and the team will proceed as if nothing happened, despite handing Hill a half-hearted suspension in April. The Chiefs have already welcomed Hill back.
These decisions will be met with justifiable derision from many corners of the sports world, and much of the discussion will focus on the NFL’s lack of consistency in adjudicating cases of this nature. It will be compared to other suspensions around the league in recent years. The inconsistency is obvious at this point.
You don’t even need to do any of that. Just look at this case on its own. How nobody could find enough evidence that he did something boggles the mind. And this is a guy with a confirmed history of violent behavior.
The NFL has long proven it doesn’t need irrefutable evidence in order to punish players embroiled in ugly legal matters. And even if it had, say, a video of the incident, the league’s already proven they could bungle that, too.
Consider Hill just the latest embarrassment.
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