Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu commented Tuesday on the recent release of audio featuring Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and his fiancee, Crystal Espinal, discussing allegations that Hill physically abused his three-year-old son.
Speaking to SB Nation Radio's Alex Gold (h/t Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio), Mathieu offered his thoughts on the situation:
"I think it's bad, man. Obviously, it's very disappointing. Obviously, I came to the Chiefs with hopes that I could watch him play football and watch him run back punts and catch long bombs and outrun everybody. You know, it's a very unfortunate situation. I haven't been his teammate much, just basically two or three weeks. So it's not really fair for me to comment on his character. I don't think I really know him. But like I said just with everything that's out right now and obviously the audio, it's very disappointing, not only from a teammate standpoint but I'm a father as well. It's very disappointing."
In the audio released by KCTV 5, Espinal told Hill that their son said, "Daddy did it," in reference to the broken arm the toddler suffered.
According to Steve Vockrodt and Brooke Pryor of the Kansas City Star, police were twice called to the home shared by Hill and Espinal in March to check on the welfare of their child. On one of the occasions, a source said it was discovered that the child suffered a broken arm.
Last month, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced that no charges would be filed against Hill or Espinal, saying, "We believe a crime has occurred, however, the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed this crime," per Dave Skretta of the Associated Press.
That announcement came before the release of the audio featuring Hill and Espinal. After Espinal told Hill that their son said, "Daddy did it," the following exchange took place:
"He says daddy does a lot of things," Hill said.
"A 3-year-old is not going to lie about what happened to his arm," Espinal said. "Daddy did it. He is terrified of you."
"You need to be terrified of me, too, b---h," Hill said.
Hill paid a $1,000 fine, attended anger management and domestic abuse courses and spent two years on probation to satisfy his plea deal. Hill was dismissed from Oklahoma State as a result, but the Chiefs still took him in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft.
He has quickly developed into one of the NFL's top wideouts, and the three-time Pro Bowler is coming off a career year that saw him register 87 receptions for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns.
In an attempt to improve the defensive side of the ball, the Chiefs signed Mathieu to a three-year deal this offseason after he spent 2018 with the Houston Texans.
Mathieu was set to team up with Hill for the first time this season, but it is unclear when or if that will happen with Hill indefinitely banned from team activities and under investigation.