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If Tyreek Hill broke his son’s arm, the Kansas City Chiefs must break with their star

No charges for Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill after investigation

The Johnson County District Attorney said he won't file charges against Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill or Hill's fiancee Crystal Espinal. It was the latest off-the-field development for Hill, who has a history of domestic violence.
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The Johnson County District Attorney said he won't file charges against Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill or Hill's fiancee Crystal Espinal. It was the latest off-the-field development for Hill, who has a history of domestic violence.

The Kansas City Chiefs knew Tyreek Hill’s history of domestic violence when they signed him. That was a controversial decision, and one that doesn’t seem to have helped him or his family.

And if he did break his 3-year-old son’s arm, the team needs to break it off with him now, no matter how fast he is.

Even as one of the best wide receivers in the game, this can’t be the way the Chiefs want to win, right?

The team’s Super Bowl hopes cannot depend on tolerating the kind of abuse he’s been charged with before.

The Star reported that the Overland Park Police Department is investigating a battery incident involving Hill. A child is listed as the victim.

Hill had not been charged with a crime as of Friday afternoon.

Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, is listed under “others involved.” A source familiar with the investigation told The Star that the victim is Hill’s son with Espinal, and that his arm was broken in the incident. Espinal is pregnant with twins.

When she was eight weeks pregnant with their 3-year-old, he reportedly punched and choked her, and as a result was arrested and dismissed from the Oklahoma State team.

He was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.

But a police report said that Espinal, whose face was covered with cuts and bruises, told investigators that he had pinned her to the wall and thrown her to the floor like a “rag doll,” then picked her up by her hair, put her in a headlock and sat on her while he punched her in the stomach.

The Oklahoma State coach told reporters at the time that he had to let him go, because “there’s just certain things right now that society frowns upon.”

But is frowning enough?

In August of 2015, Hill pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation and received three years probation.

The Chiefs got Hill in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He did get therapy, and early in his time here, promised fans that “I’m going to be a better man, be a better citizen and everything will just take care of itself and let God do the rest.”

Unfortunately, all too often that’s not how domestic violence ends. And if Hill’s history has repeated itself, his involvement with the Chiefs has to end here.

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