Paylor On NFL's Tyreek Decision: "I Wasn't Surprised"

Terez Paylor believes Roger Goodell could have suspended Tyreek Hill, but he isn't surprised that he didn't

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July 23, 2019 - 10:53 am
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When the NFL announced it would not suspend Tyreek Hill for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy, many analysts were stunned. Yahoo! Sports senior NFL writer Terez Paylor, however, was not.

“I wasn’t surprised,” Paylor said on Reiter Than You. “I had been hearing internally there was optimism that he wouldn’t be suspended, mainly because Tyreek felt really good about the meeting and the evidence he was able to present them regarding this entire case. At the same time, there was one flashpoint line – ‘You ought to be terrified of me, too.’ The optics of that are bad. It seemed like Goodell, if he wanted to suspend him, he could just for that. But he didn’t.”

Which, again, likely goes back to the strength of evidence that Hill presented.

“The letter from his lawyer, they claim to have mountains of evidence, and that’s what they presented,” Paylor said. “Just think about how bad the optics of this are. Just think about how the NFL, despite those optics, decided not to punish him. That probably means the evidence was pretty strong. The problem is you’re not going to see some of this stuff because there’s still things going on with that case. My hunch is eventually some stuff will come out about it.”

Interestingly, a handful of Vegas insiders told Bill Reiter that the Chiefs, even with Hill, will not make the playoffs this season. Paylor found that borderline laughable. 

“This team is making the playoffs,” he said. “The question is whether or not they’re going to make the Super Bowl.”

Click below to listen to Paylor’s interview in its entirety.