The NFL hit some road blocks in the Tyreek Hill case.
According to documents obtained by USA TODAY, a prosecutor’s office cited exemptions to state open-records law to deny the NFL information related to the concluded child abuse investigation of the Chiefs wide receiver.
USA Today noted Dirk Taitt, who was described in his inquiry as a “National Football League (NFL) Security Representative … affiliated with the Kansas City Chiefs,” sent a letter to the Johnson County (Kansas) District Attorney on April 24 requesting police records, witness statements, “photographs and video recordings depicting either the alleged victim’s or the alleged perpetrator’s physical condition” and other information on the alleged incident.
However, Johnson County district attorney Steve Howe said the same day that although his office believed a crime had occurred, “the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed this crime.”
The league said in a statement Friday it had conducted a “comprehensive investigation” into allegations that Hill had abused his 3-year-old son and found that, based on the evidence available, he had not violated the league’s personal conduct policy.
“Throughout this investigation, the NFL’s primary concern has been the well-being of the child,” the release read. “Our understanding is that the child is safe and that the child’s ongoing care is being directed and monitored by the Johnson County District Court and the Johnson County Department for Children and Families.”
Hill, 25, is set to join the Chiefs for camp and “all club activities” going forward, with veterans scheduled to report July 26 with the first practice the following day.
“Based on the information provided to us by the league, we have decided it is appropriate for Tyreek to return to the team at the start of training camp,” the Chiefs said in a statement, in part. “The club fully supports the conditions for return laid out by the league and will continue to monitor any new developments in the case. We are glad to welcome Tyreek back to the team and look forward to the start of training camp next week.”