Tyreek Hill has been cleared to begin training camp with the Chiefs after an NFL investigation found he did not violate the league’s personal conduct policy.
The league said in a statement Friday that it had conducted a “comprehensive investigation” into allegations that Hill had abused his 3-year-old son and found that, based on the evidence available, the Chiefs receiver had not violated league policies.
“Throughout this investigation, the NFL’s primary concern has been the well-being of the child,” the league said in a release. “Our understanding is that the child is safe and that the child’s ongoing care is being directed and monitored by the Johnson County District Court and the Johnson County Department for Children and Families.”
Hill, 25, will now be able to join the Chiefs for camp and “all club activities” going forward. The team’s veterans are due to report to camp by July 26 and have their first practice the following day.
Local authorities determined Hill would not face charges in connection with the accusations, which first surfaced in mid-March, but the Chiefs suspended Hill indefinitely in April after a recording of Hill and his fiancee Crystal Espinal discussing the allegations went public. In the recording, Hill denies any connection with a broken arm suffered by the 3-year-old but says to Espinal, “You need to be terrified of me, too, b—.”
Johnson County district attorney Steve Howe said in April that although his office believed that a crime had occurred, “the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed this crime.”
The NFL said Friday it did not have access to law enforcement records, which have been sealed by the court, and it left open the possibility that it could take “appropriate steps” against Hill “if further information becomes available.”
The league had initially said it planned to wait until the Kansas Department of Children and Families concluded its own probe of the allegations before conducting its own investigation, but an agency spokesman told NFL Media on Friday that the department’s investigation was ongoing.
Hill met with league officials for more than eight hours last month to discuss the case. Espinal did not cooperate with the league’s investigation, according to reports.