KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) -- “You need to be terrified of me too, b----.“
That’s how Chiefs’ star wide receiver Tyreek Hill responded when his fiancée told him their three-year-old son is “terrified of you,” according to audio released by KCTV5 on Thursday night.
KCTV5, the CBS-affiliate in Kansas City, aired the phone conversation between Hill and Espinal.
In it, 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.
Espinal: "And then he kept crying because he was scared. He's terrified. And what? You grabbed on to him somehow, or he fell? One of the two."
Hill: "I didn't do nothing. That's sad, bro. That is really sad."
Espinal: "Then why does (---) say, 'Daddy did it?' Why? Why does he say, 'Daddy did it'"?
Hill: "I don't know. He says Daddy does a lot of things."
Espinal: "Like what? A three-year-old is not going to lie about what happened to his arm."
Espinal: "And now, somehow this investigation got brought back up. And you are about to lose your s---. So now I really want you to sit and think about it because I rode for you against that detective and the CPS people. And they said time and time again that (----) literally, (----) kept saying, 'Daddy punches me.' Which you do when he starts crying, what do you do? You make him open up his arms and you punch him in the chest. And then if he gets in trouble, you get the belt out."
Hill: "Okay, so what about you? What you gonna do?"
Espinal: "I told them that he gets whooped. I told them that he gets whooped, but I don't use a belt. Which is totally different."
Hill: "You do use a belt. That's sad. Even my momma says you use a belt."
Espinal: "When have I used a belt? When have you seen me use a belt with (---)? When have I used a belt?"
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.