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Letter: Tyreek Hill attorneys dispute abuse claims

Posted at 1:11 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 19:17:13-04

A letter obtained by ESPN between attorneys representing Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and the NFL show Hill’s team addressing claims made in the wake of the release of an audio conversation between Hill and his fiancée, Crystal Espinal.

In the letter, Hill’s attorneys reiterated that a criminal investigation into child abuse claims by the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office found no reason to charge anyone, even after a review of the audio recording.

“It should be clear by now that there is a lot of information, including other compelling evidence that points to Tyreek’s innocence, that is not a matter of public record and that cannot be addressed in this letter,” Hill’s attorney, N. Trey Pettlon, wrote. “All indications are that the criminal investigation is over, and Tyreek still maintains his innocence.”

Pettlon also included an exchange of text messages between Hill and Espinal in which they discussed marks left on their son’s buttocks following a spanking.

In the texts, Hill told Espinal that she knew he didn’t do it but that he could still be charged for it.

“I know you didn’t. I did,” Espinal texted back, the letter says. “I hurt [our son]. I’m the one that did it. I was hurt and mad at you so I blamed you for everything.”

Pettlon said in the letter that Hill looks forward to talking to league investigators.