NFL Will Not Suspend Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill

Hill will not be suspended for violating the league's personal-conduct policy – "an enormous turn of events," Damon Amendolara says

The DA Show
July 19, 2019 - 11:08 am
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The NFL will not suspend Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy. Hill, 25, can attend the Chiefs’ training camp, which opens July 26.

Hill had been barred from all team activities after controversial audio surfaced in April in which Hill told his fiancee, Crystal Espinal, that she should be “terrified” of him.

“It’s kind of amazing how this story took such a U-Turn the last couple of weeks,” Damon Amendolara said Friday on The DA Show, responding to the breaking news. “It felt like Tyreek Hill had hurt his child and there was going to be no patience for that, that the NFL has put its line in the sand. It has obviously come down hard on guys that have been aggressive toward women, and remember the Adrian Peterson situation – where Adrian Peterson insists he was just disciplining his child and that’s how it’s done? Hitting them with a switch? Well, with Tyreek Hill, it felt inevitable that he was going to be suspended. The question was, was it going to be the same Kareem Hunt situation?”

In other words, were the Chiefs going to release Hill, only to see another team pick him up? 

“In the NFL or other professional sports, the team that owns the rights to the guy when he’s found guilty of violence has to release him,” Amendolara said. “But the next team that picks him up doesn’t face nearly the same pressure or firestorm. (It felt) Tyreek Hill was going to go down that road.”

That, however, no longer appears to be the case.

“The full call was released, and in that – providing a little more context – it sounded like Tyreek Hill was pleading his innocence, not knowing he was recorded and denying the fact that he had ever done anything,” Amendolara said. “Maybe that’s what switched the NFL. I’d be fascinated to hear why the NFL decided not to discipline Tyreek Hill.”

Unless something changes, Hill will be available for Kansas City’s season-opener Sept. 8. The Chiefs play the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

"This is an enormous turn of events,” Amendolara said. “Enormous. Tyreek Hill is one of the biggest game-breakers in the NFL, and the Kansas City Chiefs are obviously a Super Bowl contender. If they did not have Hill, it was going to be an enormous void to try to fill. It looked like it was inevitable that he was going to be suspended for at least part of the season and that the Chiefs were going to have a really tough decision whether or not they could even really hold on to him and keep him on the roster. Now the news is the NFL will not suspend or discipline Tyreek Hill. The Chiefs now have him for 16 games.”