The NFL sought records from police about complaints of child abuse involving Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and his son in March, according to a letter a league representative sent to the Overland Park Police Department.
The Kansas City Star first reported the news.
The letter, dated March 12, came three days before The Star reported that Hill was under investigation for an alleged battery. The Chiefs released a statement saying they were aware of the investigation.
Overland Park police, the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office and the Kansas Department for Children and Families have since confirmed investigations of alleged incidents of battery and child abuse or neglect involving Hill at his home.
Hill has not been charged with a crime and has not commented publicly on the investigations.
Also, according to multiple reports, Hill is going through a “child in need of care” case in family court. Hill was in court Wednesday, according to multiple reports, and has appeared several times.
According to KCTV5, Hill temporarily lost custody of his child following a court date in early April.
The Johnson County court website summarizes these cases as follows: “…The court must determine if the child is ‘in need of care’ (meaning, that the child is without proper care or supervision, or has been abused, or is truant, or other statutory reasons). If the court finds the child to be a CINC, the court has tremendous authority to make orders for the child and family. The court may order the child and parents to obtain counseling or treatment. The court may order the child placed in the custody of a relative or in state custody.”
The NFL declined to comment on the letter Wednesday.
According to the letter, the NFL asked the police department for reports related to “recent child abuse complaints involving the parents Crystal Espinal and Tyreek Hill as it relates to alleged injuries sustained by the couple’s minor child.”
In the letter, the NFL was “reviewing this incident to evaluate whether a violation of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy occurred related to a complaint or arrest involving an NFL employee, in this case, Mr. Hill,” according to The Star.
The police department responded to the NFL’s request the same day, providing a copy of a March 5 police report that would be made public a few days later. That report concerned a report of child abuse or neglect at Hill’s home and listed Hill and Espinal as “others involved.”
Police said that, because the report concerned a child in need of care, the full report would not be released without a court order.
The district attorney’s office said on Monday afternoon that the investigation involving Hill was ongoing.
Reid noted the Chiefs organization has talked about Hill’s situation and its options but said the team needs “to let (the investigation) run its course.”
Hill has a history of domestic violence. In 2014, he allegedly punched and choked Espinal when she was pregnant with their son while at Oklahoma State University. He was kicked off the team and pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation, receiving three years of probation in the case.
The conviction was dismissed in August and expunged from his record after he finished probation.