On Wednesday, Johnson County district attorney Stephen Howe announced they will decline to file charges in the investigation involving Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill and his fiancee Crystal Espinal, per Brook Pryor.
Howe added that they believe a crime occurred but the evidence can’t conclusively determine who committed the crime.
According to Howe, there is still an ongoing child protection investigation, but he can’t discuss any details.
Howe explained that part of the delay was asking the police department to do follow up work to help in the decision.
Pryor mentions that criminal investigation has concluded, but the child protection investigation is continuing. Should new information come out, things could change for Hill.
Hill’s three-year-old son is safe, according to Howe, but he declined to confirm if the child has been removed from Hill’s home.
The NFL can still administer punishment, even if charges aren’t filed, so we’ll have to see how they approach this situation.
Hill was not in attendance at the start of the Chiefs’ offseason workout program a few weeks ago.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media previously reported that the Chiefs had begun negotiations with Hill on what will end up being a record-setting deal when complete. However, there haven’t been any updates since then after the news of the investigation surfaced.
Hill, 25, is a former fifth-round pick of the Chiefs back in 2016. He is entering the final year of his four-year, $2.58 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $1,965,036 for the 2019 season.
In 2018, Hill appeared in 16 games for the Chiefs and caught 87 passes for 1,479 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns to go along with 151 yards rushing and a touchdown. Hill also totaled 213 punt returns and one touchdown. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 7 receiver out of 117 qualifying players.