The Kansas City Chiefs have announced that Tyreek Hill has been excluded indefinitely from all team activities until more is known about an audio recording that aired on a local television station in which the star receiver's girlfriend accused him of abusing of his 3-year-old son
"We are deeply disturbed by what we hear (in the recorded conversation)," said general manager Brett Veach. "We were very worried, now, obviously, we have a big concern for (the promised) Crystal (Espinal), we are very concerned about Tyreek, but our main focus, our main concern, is with the little boy."
The recording came a day after Johnson County District Attorney Stephen M. Howe said no charges would be filed after police were called to Hill's home twice last month and investigators determined that the boy had been injured. Howe said he believed a crime had occurred, but the evidence did not clearly establish who had committed it.
Veach read a statement after the conclusion of the first round of the NFL draft that said the team realized the recording of Hill and Espinal in "real time", as well as the general public.
Then, Veach called Hill's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and informed him that Hill would no longer be allowed to work with the team. The Chiefs are in the midst of voluntary off-season training.
"We will continue gathering information and we will make the right decision," Veach said in his statement.
Veach refused to take any questions. Chiefs coach Andy Reid and President Clark Hunt, who were also in the building for the start of the draft, were not available.
On Thursday night, KCTV in Kansas City broadcast part of an 11-minute audio file in which Espinal tells Hill that when asked about an injury to the child's arm, the boy replied, "Dad did it "
Hill denies any role in what happened to the child's arm and added: "He says dad does a lot of things."
Espinal then says: "A 3 year old is not going to lie about what happened to his arm."
"Dad did it," says Espinal, paraphrasing the boy. "He is terrified of you."
Hill responds, according to the recording: "You must also be terrified of me, b —-".
Later, on the recording, Espinal says: "He kept saying," Daddy punches me, "what you do when he starts crying, what do you do, you open his arms and punch him in the chest, gets in trouble, pulls out your belt & # 39; & # 39;
The conversation was recorded while the couple was walking through the Dubai International Airport, according to KCTV. No date was given for the conversation.
The part of the recording played on KCTV on Thursday starts with Espinal saying, "We were getting into that, and he said:" Dad, you're bad. "So we went up the stairs. here, and he did not want to go there, but I thought, "Get off because it'll be worse for you." So he walked there and then you got on his [deleted] … Then he started crying, and you said, "Shut up, shut up, stop crying. Shut up, shut up, stop crying. "
Hill replies: "Right."
Espinal continues: "Then he continued crying because he was scared, he was terrified and you grabbed him or fell, one of the two."
Hill says, "I did not do anything, that's sad, brother, that's very sad."
That's when Espinal asks Hill why his son said Hill did it.
At another point in the recording, Espinal presents the investigations of the Police Department of Overland Park (Kansas) and the Department of Children and Families of Kansas.
"Now, somehow this investigation has recovered, and you're about to lose your [deleted], & # 39; & # 39; she says.
"Now I really want you to sit and think about it because I rode for you against that detective and the [DCF] people. & # 39; & # 39;
Espinal then talks about what Hill does when his son starts crying.
Howe received a copy of the tape and told KCTV that he was reviewing the audio.
Before the tape was broadcast, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told ESPN's Sam Ponder that the league was still investigating.
"When he gets the facts, then he makes a decision about how he fits into our personal behavior policy," Goodell said. "You do not make a decision without having those facts."
ESPN could not confirm independently on Thursday that Hill and Espinal were on the tape.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.