Only a few months after the Kansas City Chiefs cut star running back Kareem Hunt following video of his February altercation with a 19-year-old woman in a hotel, another one of their offensive stars appears to be in some hot water. And it’s someone who’s been there before; star receiver/returner Tyreek Hill, who while at Oklahoma State in December 2014, was accused of assaulting his 20-year-old pregnant girlfriend, Crystal Espinal, and was dismissed from the team. Now, Steve Vockrodt and Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star have reported that Hill is under investigation by the Overland Park, Kansas police for alleged battery, that the incident is against his son, and that Hill’s fiancée (Espinal, who’s still with him, is the mother of the son in question, and is pregnant with twins) is listed in “others involved”:
The Star has obtained a police report from the Overland Park Police Department about a battery incident that lists a juvenile as the victim. Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, is listed under “others involved.”
The report is dated Thursday but it’s unclear when the alleged incident took place.
“The club is aware of the investigation involving Tyreek Hill,” the Chiefs said in a statement to The Star. “We’re in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities. We’ll have no further comment at this time.”
A source familiar with the situation said Hill’s fiancee has been in contact with Overland Park police. The source said that the incident was against the couple’s son. The source said that the incident was against the couple’s 3-year-old son, resulting in a broken arm.
As per Angie Ricono, Emily Sinovic and Chris Oberholtz of KCTV 5 (the CBS affiliate in Kansas City), this is the second time in just over a week that police were called to Hill’s house:
Overland Park police were called at 4:20 p.m. Thursday to a home in the 16400 block of Switzer Road.
Officers were previously called to that same address on March 5 to investigate a report of child abuse or neglect. Hill’s name is directly listed on that report.
According to Overland Park police, the original report was closed three days later when prosecution was declined.
Hill’s name is not listed on the most recent battery report, but his address is the listed location.
Sources tell KCTV5 that the Overland Park Police Department has turned over their investigation to the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office for review.
In the 2014 case, Hill eventually pled guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation and was sentenced to three years of probation, plus anger management counselling and a year-long batterers’ program. He returned to football at West Alabama, and the Chiefs drafted him in the fifth round in 2016. That was controversial, and his NFL success has come with questions, even while he’s reportedly been following the terms of his plea deal (which led to his conviction eventually being expunged). And now that this has come out, there are going to be more questions about Hill. We’ll see what the details of this case are, but it definitely doesn’t sound good.[The Kansas City Star]
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