KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) - Hours after KCTV5 released portions of a disturbing phone call between Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and his fiancée Crystal Espinal on Thursday night, Kansas City general manager Brett Veach announced Hill will not be participating in any team activities "for the foreseeable future."
"We were deeply disturbed by what we heard," Veach said. "We were deeply concerned. Obviously, we have great concern for Crystal, we are greatly concerned for Tyreek, but our main concern is with the young child."
Veach said the team learned of the phone call as the public did, in real time as KCTV5 unveiled it on Thursday night. He added he called Hill's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, after the end of the first round of the NFL Draft.
"“We are going to gather more information, we’re going to evaluate this information and we will make the right decision regarding Tyreek Hill," Veach said.
TMZ also reported on Thursday night that police officers went to Hill's Overland Park home around 8:30 p.m. The report states officers were there "for about 20 minutes," no one was arrested and Hill might not have even been home. A spokesperson told TMZ the nature of the call might have been related to the release of the audio hours earlier.
In that audio, which is a recorded phone call between Espinal and Hill, Espinal told Hill the boy "is terrified of you. And you say that he respects you, but it's not respect." Hill then replied, "He respects me."
Espinal's response was, "He is terrified of you."
Hill then replied, "You need to be terrified of me too, b----. That's why you can't keep a f------ man."
Espinal also said that Hill makes his son hold his arms out, so he can punch him in the chest as discipline. There was also mention of using a belt in the phone call obtained by KCTV5, as well as Espinal covering for Hill in this investigation into child abuse and neglect allegations.
Hill and Espinal, as of now, are not facing criminal charges from child abuse and neglect allegations. But there is an ongoing investigation by the Kansas Department for Children and Families.
Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe held a news conference on Wednesday announcing there would be no criminal charges. He said a crime was committed, but the evidence of the case could not establish who committed it. Howe added the child is currently safe.
KCTV5 reports it has shared the entire 11-minute audio recording with Howe, who the station said is reviewing it. The station, who did not air the entire recording, said the audio was originally sent from Espinal to a friend for safety. It added it was then sent to KCTV5 by someone concerned for the child's well-being.