Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was put on the spot Tuesday at the NFL owners meeting when asked about wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
The All-Pro star wide receiver was involved in a domestic battery incident in suburban Kansas City earlier this month. A police report from the Overland Park Police Department listed a juvenile as the alleged victim.
Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, is identified among “others involved.” The couple has a 3-year-old son, Zev.
“There’s no further statement, nothing has happened,” Reid said of the team’s investigation of the incident. “We don’t know what happened and that’s what we’re trying to figure out.”
Reid told reporters he has not spoken to Hill during the ongoing investigation.
“Our counsel has told us not to do that, so I have not been in contact with him,” Reid told reporters. “I really don’t even have a further statement from what we put out. So really, nothing’s happened there. There’s no news on that.”
The Chiefs released a statement on March 15 acknowledging the investigation around Hill. The club said it was in the process of gathering information and was in contact with the NFL as well as local authorities.
When asked if he has had to plan on Hill not being involved in 2019, Reid said he hasn’t “even gone there” and he’s “just letting it take its course.”
The release of former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt also was mentioned during Reid’s session with reporters. Hunt was released after a video showed him physically abusing a female in a Cleveland hotel.
“If you make a move like that,” Reid said of cutting Hunt, “it’s pretty well thought out. You try to gather all the information.”
The Hill case remains an ongoing investigation.
The 25-year-old Hill has a history of domestic violence. While at Oklahoma State in 2014, Hill allegedly punched and choked Espinal when she was pregnant with their son. He was kicked off the team and pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation, and received three years of probation in the case.
The conviction was dismissed in August and expunged from his record after he finished probation.
Reid not ruling out another move
With the 2019 NFL Draft one month away and the new league year just getting underway this month, Reid won’t count out the possibility of more moves by general manager Brett Veach.
“You know Brett,” Reid told, according to Nate Taylor of The Athletic. “He keeps his eyes open on everything and he’s very aggressive. I wouldn’t doubt it. I don’t know who it is, but I wouldn’t put it past him.”
The Chiefs have already been aggressive this offseason, signing defensive end Alex Okafor and safety Tyrann Mathieu. The team also released Justin Houston, recently signed by the Colts, and Eric Berry while trading away Dee Ford. The team currently has $22 million in cap room, according to Over The Cap, with another $9 million on the way on June 1 for the Berry release.
The Chiefs are slotted to have the 29th pick in the first round of the draft.
Chiefs’ rule proposal tabled to May
NFL owners voted down a proposal to replace the onside kick with one play from scrimmage, and tabled a suggestion to require each team to have one possession in overtime regardless of what happened on the first series of the extra period.
While the owners on Tuesday mulled enhancing the use of video replay in officiating, they vetoed the idea of a one-year trial of a fourth-and-15 play from the offense’s 35-yard line to replace the onside kick.
The overtime change is championed by several clubs after the AFC championship game in January — and the 2017 Super Bowl — ended with a Patriots touchdown without the opponent getting the ball. New England won the coin toss both times.
Currently, the format is a touchdown on the opening possession of OT ends the game, but a field goal allows the other team a series with the ball. If that team also kicks a field goal, the game continues.
Owners will next take up the overtime topic at their May meeting.