Chiefs, NFL sought records in child-abuse investigation at Tyreek Hill's home

Posted at 11:31 AM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 12:31:34-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three days before news broke that Overland Park, Kansas, police had visited Tyreek Hill’s home twice to investigate possible child abuse, the NFL Security Department reached out to the detective in the case.

The Kansas City Chiefs’ security representative sent a letter dated March 12, which requested records related “to the 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.”

That was two days before a second visit by police to Hill’s home in the 16400 block of Switzer Road.

According to police records obtained by 41 Action News, Hill and Espinal, who is engaged to the Chiefs’ star All-Pro wide receiver, were listed as “other involved” March 5 when police stopped by the couple’s house.

That case was closed three days later.

The NFL Security Department requested “any and all calls for service … photographs; witness statements, police report narratives; medical records; video tapes; recordings of 911 calls and any reports related to review findings by the Johnson County, Kansas District Attorneys [sic] office.”

It’s unclear what, if any, documents were turned over by Overland Park police.

Two days after the NFL’s request, which was part of “a compulsory administrative review in accordance with the NFL Personal Conduct Policy,” police were back at Hill’s residence.

The second report, which was dated March 14, indicated that police were investigating the possible battery of a juvenile, though it wasn’t clear when the incident allegedly took place.

Hill was not mentioned by name in the second report, but Espinal was listed again as “other involved.”

Overland Park Police Department Ofc. John Lacy said the case had been forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for consideration of charges. No charges have been filed in the case.

The Kansas Department of Children and Families also launched an investigation into the incident.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid had no new information to provide regarding the All-Pro wide receiver Monday when he met with reporters.

"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."

Hill and Espinal have a 3-year-old son, Zev.

When Espinal was pregnant with their child in 2014, Hill was kicked off the Oklahoma State football team after he allegedly punched and choked her.

Hill pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation, and received three years of probation in the case. He pleaded guilty, but the case was dismissed and expunged in August by an Oklahoma court after he successfully completed treatment.

Hill’s selection in the 2016 NFL Draft was controversial, but he’s proven to be a productive player on the field.

That may not matter if the investigation finds merit to the abuse allegations.

The Chiefs released star running back Kareem Hunt last December after a video showed him physically abusing a female in a Cleveland hotel. He subsequently signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Browns and was suspended for eight games by the NFL.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.