Attorney for Tyreek Hill issues letter to NFL denying child abuse claims

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KWCH) The attorney for Tyreek Hill has issued a letter to the NFL disputing child abuse claims against the Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver.


In the letter, obtained by ESPN, Hill's attorney, Trey Pettlon disputes claims that Hill's fiance, Crystal Espinal, made during a secret recording of Hill in a Dubai airport. The couple was talking about how their three-year-old son broke his arm.

Pettlon says Hill repeatedly denied harming their son during the recording. He says that Hill did "play fight" with the child but never punched him as he was accused of doing.

The letter goes on to state that both parents grew up in homes where "corporal punishment was an accepted form of discipline" and they both admit to spanking their son as a form of discipline.

The letter states that during the secret recording, Espinal said she never used a belt on the couple's son, but a text message exchange between the couple states otherwise.

The letter says Hill sent a message to Espinal stating, "Crystal you know I didn't cause any bruising [to our] son. But for some reason I still may be charged."

According to the letter, Espinal responded, "I know you didn't. I did. I hurt [our son.] I'm the one that did it. I was hurt and mad at you so I blamed you for everything."

The letter goes on to say that now "both parents understand now that corporal punishment in any form is not an acceptable form of discipline."

The letter then states that while Espinal stated in the recording that their son was "terrified" of Hill, eyewitness accounts and other text messages from her state, "[their child]’s eyes light up when he sees" Tyreek, and “even a blind man can see it."

The letter states that now both Hill and Espinal are cooperating with police and "very much love their son" who is "in very good health."

Hill's attorney concludes the letter saying his client, "maintains his innocence."

Last week, the Johnson County District Attorney originally declined to file charges in the case stating that a crime had been committed, but he didn't know who to charge. The next day, KCTV released Espinal's secret recording. On Friday. the DA said he was re-opening the criminal investigation.

While Hill remains with the Chiefs, he has been suspended from all activities.