Chiefs suspend Tyreek Hill after audio recording from child abuse case emerges

Police confirm Tyreek Hill being investigated for 2 separate incidents

Just one day after it was announced Tyreek Hill will not face charges of child abuse, the saga has taken a dark turn.

Kansas City CBS affiliate KCTV5 on Thursday revealed its investigative department was sent a recording of the Chiefs wide receiver and his fiancee, Crystal Espinal, discussing the police investigation and what they were telling authorities.


The recording is believed to have been made in early March when the parents were walking through Dubai’s international airport. KCTV5 was told the recording was an “insurance policy” for Crystal Espinal.

Espinal sent it to at least one friend for safekeeping because she didn’t feel she could keep a recording on her phone. It has since been shared and sent to us by someone who is concerned about the welfare of the couple’s child.

The audio is 11 minutes long and abruptly cuts off. At no time on the recording does Hill admit to breaking his son’s arm. In fact, he flatly denies it.

Parts of the clip have been detailed (Warning: NSFW language).

The Chiefs suspended Hill early Friday morning as general manager Brett Veach released a statement on the matter.

“Earlier this evening we were made aware of the audio between Tyree and Crystal … in real time just the like general public,” Veach said, in part. “We were deeply disturbed by what we heard, deeply concerned.”

TMZ Sports reported the police were called to Hill’s home around 8:30 p.m. local time about two hours after the audio clip was made public, though it’s unclear if he was even home at the time.

It was confirmed in March that Hill was being investigated for two separate alleged incidents involving his son, later adding the boy suffered a broken arm in one of the alleged incident.

The couple temporarily lost custody of the child last week while the case was ongoing.

Hill released a statement Thursday morning through his attorney, who added that his client cooperated with law enforcement during the process and maintains his innocence.

“I love and support my family above anything,” Hill’s statement read. “My son’s health and happiness is my number one priority. I want to thank the Kansas City Chiefs, my attorneys, my agent and my union for supporting me through this. My focus remains on working hard to be the best person for my family and our community I can be, and the best player to help our team win.”

The Chiefs released a statement acknowledging they were aware of the investigation and coach Andy Reid addressed the issue last week.

“I know you’re going to potentially ask about Tyreek,” Reid told the Kansas City Star.

“I don’t have anything further to tell you from the statement we put out. There’s been no new news on it. I’m going to leave it at that. I have had a chance to say hello to him. I have done that.”

Espinal, is the same woman he reportedly choked and punched in 2014. He was arrested and dismissed from Oklahoma State’s football team before eventually pleading guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation in August 2015. The incident was expunged from his record in August 2018 after he completed sentencing requirements.

Hill, 25, was selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2016 draft. The All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection caught 87 passes for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns for Kansas City last season.