In the recording, Hill denies hitting Espinal in a 2014 incident where he pled guilty to domestic abuse. Part of the newly released portion of the recording is transcribed below.
“… You ruined my life and you lied on me in 2014, bro,” Hill said in the recording via Yahoo!’s Terez Paylor. “And if you want to rewind that night we can rewind that night too, [expletive]. You was in my house. And did I pick you up and slam you? Hell no, I picked you up and put you out my door and after that you left. And on my son you did that, bro. And then then you get in the courtroom you want to sit up there and cry on the stand. ‘He hit me, he hit me.’ Man, come on bro.”
“Then where did the bruises come from, Tyreek?” Espinal asked.
“Did I hit you? Did I hit you, though?” Hill replied.
“I’m asking you where did the bruises come from,” Espinal said.
“Did I hit you? Tell me the truth in my eyes right now. Look at me,” Hill said.
“We’re not thinking about that,” Espinal said. “Right now the issue is [our son].”
Paylor says sources told him Hill tried to provide clarity and context to the NFL during their meeting while denying claims of child abuse and showing text messages that he claims explain the situation. Paylor adds that Hill’s side feels the meeting went well.
Paylor has also been told the Chiefs are optimistic Hill will not only be with the team for the start of training camp on July 26, but that Kansas City will be able to re-open extension talks with Hill.
Nate Taylor of the Athletic reported that a Chiefs’ official predicted that Hill could receive a maximum suspension of four games as soon as next month.
The Chiefs suspended Hill indefinitely from all team-related activities following an investigation into potential child abuse of Hill’s three-year-old son.
The district attorney declined to file charges because it could not be determined if Hill or his fiancee broke the child’s arm. The criminal case is inactive, but there is another investigation that is still open for Hill with the Kansas Department for Children and Families.
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.
We’ll have more regarding Hill as the news is available.