NFL Writer On Tyreek: "There Are Reasons For Concern"

Roger Goodell's decision to not punish Tyreek Hill is puzzling, Ryan Wilson says, and it could come back to bite the league

Taz and the Moose
July 22, 2019 - 9:24 am
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The NFL announced last Friday that it would not suspend Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy.

How stunning was this?

“On a scale of 10, a 10 and a 1,” CBS Sports NFL writer Ryan Wilson said on Taz & The Moose. “The NFL, under Roger Goodell’s reign, has been so inconsistent with these punishments. You never know what’s going to happen.”

Ray Rice, for example, was suspended for two games for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy. Then a video surfaced.

“The suspension went from two games to indefinitely,” Wilson said. “He has not played again. Honestly, a lot of that has to do with the fact that he was closer to 30 than he was to 25 and he wasn’t the football player he once was – because we know these guys get second chances.”

With Hill, however, many would argue this was his second chance. 

“It’s curious that the NFL decided to drop the investigation, that they didn’t have enough evidence to move forward when we’ve seen in the past they haven’t needed as much evidence as legal authorities in order to hand down a punishment and send a message and, in effect, make an example out of a player,” Wilson said. “They chose not to do that here, and it’s unclear why. I think that’s what has people confused and angry more than anything. While we can’t prove what happened to that young child, we have the audio tapes talking to his fiancee.”

Yes, and whatever the context, telling a woman she needs to be terrified of you is not a good look.

“Jimmy Smith of the Ravens was suspended for making threats to his young girlfriend,” Wilson said. “Ben Roethlisberger was suspended for six games back in 2010 for the sexual-misconduct allegations when the local authorities had dropped it. Ezekiel Elliott had a six-game suspension back in 2017. Again, the local authorities had dropped the case of domestic violence, and he was still suspended. The inconsistency is what’s confusing. 

“We’ll see what happens,” Wilson continued. “You hope that Tyreek Hill gets everything in order and is Dad of the Year for the rest of his life. But there are reasons for concern and reasons for not understanding exactly what the NFL is trying to do here. . . . God forbid it, but if Tyreek Hill does something to find himself in trouble once again, the NFL is in deep and serious trouble about why they let this go.”

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