In a shocking twist of events, the NFL announced Friday it would not suspend Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill following a four-month investigation into the wide receiver’s family situation.
Hill was under scrutiny for alleged child abuse after an audio recording was leaked to a television station featuring Hill and his fiancee Crystal Espinal discussing aggressive discipline of their child together.
Previously it was reported the Chiefs were “hopeful” that Hill might not be suspended and they were eyeing a max of four games for the wide receiver.
Legal authorities ultimately decided not to charge Hill, although they did say they believe a crime was committed by someone in the matter.
“This office has reviewed all the evidence and has declined to file charges against Tyreek Hill and Crystal Espinal,” Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said. “We are deeply troubled by the situation. We believe a crime has occurred; however, the evidence in this case doesn’t establish who committed a crime.”
The NFL issued a lengthy statement on the situation, noting that no one at the league office can “conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy.” Additionally, the league said that “information developed in the court proceeding is confidential and has not been shared with us.”
In its statement, the league did add that if “further information becomes available” Hill could face a suspension.
Perhaps that could involve a discussion with Espinal? According to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the league did not speak with Hill’s fiancee during the course of its investigation.
That’s surprising — the league cannot compel a non-employee to participate in its investigation, but it’s surprising the league would not lean on Hill some to have Espinal speak to the NFL’s investigators.
Here is the league’s statement in full:
Over the past four months, we have conducted a comprehensive investigation of allegations regarding Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Throughout this investigation, the NFL’s primary concern has been the well-being of the child.
Our understanding is that the child is safe and that the child’s ongoing care is being directed and monitored by the Johnson County District Court and the Johnson County Department for Children and Families.
In conducting our investigation, we have taken great care to ensure that we do not interfere with the county’s proceedings or compromise the privacy or welfare of the child in any way.
The information developed in the court proceeding is confidential and has not been shared with us, and the court has sealed all law enforcement records. Local law enforcement authorities have publicly advised that the available evidence does not permit them to determine who caused the child’s injuries.
Similarly, based on the evidence presently available, the NFL cannot conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy.
Accordingly, he may attend Kansas City’s training camp and participate in all club activities. He has been and will continue to be subject to conditions set forth by the District Court, Commissioner Goodell, and the Chiefs, which include clinical evaluation and therapeutic intervention.
If further information becomes available through law enforcement, the pending court proceeding, or other sources, we will promptly consider it and take all appropriate steps at that time.
Obviously the safety and well being of the child is the No. 1 concern here, but Hill is one of the best players in football and a unique talent, and this suspension — or lack thereof — does affect Hill and the Chiefs from a pure football standpoint.
On the field
From a football standpoint, getting Hill back for the entire season is a massive win for Kansas City. The Chiefs lost Kareem Hunt last year after they released the running back in the wake of video, emerging when TMZ uncovered it, showing Hunt assaulting a woman in a hotel hallway.
A few months ago it felt as if Hill could suffer a similar fate as it relates to the Chiefs roster.
Now he’s going to play the entire year barring new evidence popping up, and it means the Chiefs will be as close as possible to full speed offensively.
Hill changes how teams game-plan against the Chiefs, and he’s a matchup nightmare. Patrick Mahomes’ odds of repeating as MVP only increase with this news.
It looked like the Chiefs might enter Week 1 with Sammy Watkins, Demarcus Robinson and 2019 second-round pick Mecole Hardman as their top receivers on the depth chart, assuming Hill was missing due to a suspension. With the news that Hill is back, the Chiefs offense looks loaded again. Watkins is a great second wide receiver option, and with Hill and Travis Kelce on the field as well as Damien Williams in the backfield, Mahomes and KC will be an offensive force to be reckoned with.
The Chiefs were already the favorites to win the AFC West, but a lot of people were getting on board the Chargers bandwagon. Expect that to flip back some. The regression chatter with Mahomes should slow down as well if he gets a full season of Hill.
Throwing for 5,000 passing yards and 50 passing touchdowns is not the most likely scenario, simply because of how difficult it is to actually produce back to back seasons like that, but Hill makes those lofty totals much more achievable.
Hill is now a first-round pick in fantasy, according to Heath Cummings. Heath pegs Hill as early as the fifth overall pick in a PPR league and a late first-round pick in non PPR leagues. The diminutive wide receiver was going as late as the fourth round in recent drafts, with uncertainty about his future playing a key role in people not wanting to invest in him as a high pick. The prevailing logic had Hill facing somewhere between a four- and six-game suspension, but now that he’s in the clear, he should be expected to produce something similar to last year’s 1,479-yard season.
Hill and the Chiefs were, by all accounts, getting pretty close on a new mega extension for the wide receiver in the wake of his All-Pro season in 2018. However, according to a report from James Palmer of NFL Media, it is going to be “several weeks, if not months” before the two sides start talking again. Any new deal, per Palmer, would likely “have some very specific language within it” relating to Hill’s off-field actions. Any sort of massive deal that the wideout gets — and he’ll get one, because ultimately talent wins out in the NFL — would ostensibly have outs for the Chiefs if Hill violates the Personal Conduct Policy.
It would be exceptionally odd of the Chiefs to storm forward with contract talks. They can still utilize the franchise tag on Hill and let things play out with his court situation and with the NFL before agreeing to commit a large degree of financial investment to the wideout.
U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Win 2019 World Cup Over the Netherlands in 2-0 Final
The U.S. women’s national soccer team proved their dominance at the 2019 Women’s World Cup by defeating the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday in the championship match.
The victory in Lyon, France — capping an unrivaled run and capturing the world’s attention — marks both the fourth world title and back-to-back wins for the U.S. women after taking home the trophy in 1991, 1999 and 2015.
The first half of the game went scoreless, with co-captain Megan Rapinoe earning the first goal of the game with a penalty kick at the 61-minute mark. Just before the 69-minute mark, midfielder Rose Lavelle, 24, scored the second goal.
“It’s surreal,” Rapinoe, 34, said after the win. “I don’t know how to feel right now. It’s ridiculous.”
Following the victory, Rapinoe was awarded the Golden Boot for the most goals scored in the shortest amount of time.
Rapinoe and teammate Alex Morgan both scored six goals and had three assists, but Rapinoe’s goals were scored in 394 minutes compared to Morgan’s 445 minutes, the BBC reported.
After Sunday’s win, the internet exploded with praise for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton congratulated them with a tweet, as well as first lady Melania Trump and tennis star Billie Jean King, who added a call for the women to receive equal pay to their male counterparts.
“It is long past time to pay them what they rightly deserve,” King wrote.
Congratulations to the #USWNT on their 4th World Cup win! These athletes have brought more attention, support, & pride to women’s sport than perhaps any other team in history. It is long past time to pay them what they rightly deserve. 🇺🇸🏆🏆🏆🏆 #USAvNED #WorldCupfinal #EqualPay
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) July 7, 2019
Congratulations to 2019 Women’s World Cup Champions @TeamUSA! ⚽️🇺🇸
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 7, 2019
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 7, 2019
Yes! Fourth star. Back to back. Congrats to the record breakers on the @USWNT, an incredible team that’s always pushing themselves—and the rest of us—to be even better. Love this team. #OneNationOneTeam
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 7, 2019
We will be watching! Go USA! https://t.co/YV0w7cG5KW
— Mia Hamm (@MiaHamm) July 7, 2019
— Gritty (@GrittyNHL) July 7, 2019
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that a parade would be held on Wednesday for the women’s team.
The U.S. women’s national team roared onto the field during the group stage of the World Cup, defeating Thailand, 13-0. They continued to trounce their competitors throughout the games in France.
The win comes after a season that was marked by increasing visibility of LGBTQ athletes, controversy, calls for equal pay, and public battles against President Donald Trump.
In June, Rapinoe said in a recorded interview that she would decline to visit the White House if invited by Trump. In a video clip shared on social media, Rapinoe told a reporter, “I’m not going to the f—ing White House.”
— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 7, 2019
— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 7, 2019
She added that Trump doesn’t invite teams he knows will decline or “like he did when the Warriors turned him down, he’ll claim they hadn’t been invited in the first place.”
Trump later responded in a series of tweets, saying he would invite the women’s team win or lose, but adding a rebuke for Rapinoe.
“I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job!” Trump wrote.
Rapinoe later accepted a Twitter invitation from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., to visit the U.S. House of Representatives.
“It may not be the White House, but we’d be happy to welcome @mPinoe & the entire #USWMNT for a tour of the House of Representatives anytime they’d like,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Two hours later, Rapinoe replied to the tweet, accepting the invitation.
The U.S. women’s team not only stirred up drama off the field, but also on it. The high-scoring game against Thailand led some to criticize how they ran up the score and appeared arrogant by celebrating too much.
NBA Summer League 2019: Las Vegas Summer League Day 1 Recap
The Las Vegas Summer League was kicked off with 10 games of action!
There was plenty to unwrap as the first day of the Vegas Summer League did not disappoint.
Zion Williamson’s debut was filled with thunderous dunks but Frank Jackson stole the show. Tyler Herro continued his high level of play and Dwayne Bacon showed his ability to score the rock.
The back end of the schedule was postponed due to an earthquake in the arena, but there was still plenty of basketball played throughout the day.
For all other action, we had you covered below!
Detroit Pistons 96, Croatia 80
— NBA G League (@nbagleague) July 5, 2019
Pistons: Khyri Thomas – 26 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
Croatia: Zeljko Sakic – 17 points, 5 rebounds
Former Creighton star and No. 38 pick of the 2018 NBA Draft Khyri Thomas aws the best player on the floor in this one, going for a game-high 26 points with seven made 3-pointers.
Philadelphia 76ers 107, Milwaukee Bucks 106
— NBA (@NBA) July 5, 2019
76ers: Marial Shayok – 19 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist
Bucks: Jock Landale – 25 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Canadian rookie Marial Shayok led a balanced scoring attack for the 76ers, who had six players score in double figures. Jock Landale was the best player on the floor, making things difficult for the 76ers’ defence.
Minnesota Timberwolves 85, Cleveland Cavaliers 75
Marial Shayok: 19 PTS, 3 3PM
Jalen Jones: 16 PTS, 5 REB
Shake Milton: 15 PTS, 7 AST
Norvel Pelle: 12 PTS, 7 REB
Zhaire Smith: 10 PTS, 5 AST pic.twitter.com/l8flxRSsJ8
— NBA (@NBA) July 5, 2019
Timberwolves: Josh Okogie – 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal
Cavaliers: Dylan Windler – 15 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists
Josh Okogie’s efforts on both ends of the floor helped the Timberwolves earn the victory. Cavaliers’ first round pick Dylan Windler – who impressed during his time at the Salt Lake City Summer League – was at it again with 15 points and eight boards but shot 1-for-5 from beyond the arc.
Miami Heat 103, China 62
— NBA Draft (@NBADraft) July 6, 2019
Heat: Tyler Herro – 23 points, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 rebounds
China: Zhelin Wang – 12 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists
Tyler Herro was the standout player at the California Classic and he kept that going in Day 1 of the Vegas Summer League. He scored 23 points shooting 44.4% from beyond the arc with a couple of smooth assists.
Dallas Mavericks 96, Brooklyn Nets 92
Nick Mayo: 20 PTS, 3 AST
Kendrick Nunn: 15 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST
Duncan Robinson: 14 PTS, 4 3PM pic.twitter.com/LrrdkoEfIE
— NBA (@NBA) July 6, 2019
Mavericks: Antonius Cleveland – 22 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Nets: Jarrett Allen – 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks
The Mavericks edged the experienced Nets squad behind a big game from Antonius Cleveland, the G Leaguer who went undrafted out of Southeast Missouri State University in 2017. Cleveland’s 22 points led all scorers, giving the Mavericks the win despite a solid performance from Nets’ starting centre Jarrett Allen.
Chicago Bulls 96, Los Angeles Lakers 76
— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 6, 2019
Bulls: Daniel Gafford – 21 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Lakers: Zach Norvell Jr. – 15 points, 5 assists, 1 steal
Daniel Gafford – the No. 38 overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft out of Arkansas – dominated on both ends of the floor. His 21 points came on a near-perfect 9-for-10 shooting from the field. First round pick Coby White also had a solid showing in his debut, going for 17 points and three assists.
Charlotte Hornets 93, Golden State Warriors 85
— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 6, 2019
Hornets: Dwayne Bacon – 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Warriors: Eric Paschall – 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists
Dwayne Bacon ended the season strong and he carried that into the start of Summer League. The No. 40 overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft was getting buckets, going for a game-high 25 points going 9-for-20 from the field and 3-for-9 from beyond the arc.
New Orleans Pelicans 80, New York Knicks 74 – Postponed during 3Q
— NBA (@NBA) July 6, 2019
Pelicans: Frank Jackson – 30 points, 3 rebounds
Knicks: Alonzo Trier – 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists
Zion Williamson: 11 points (4-9 FG, 0-2 3PT, 3-6 FT), 3 rebounds, 1 steal
RJ Barrett: 10 points (4-18 FG, 1-8 3PT, 1-4 FT), 5 rebounds, 1 assist
This game produced plenty of highlights – from Zion Williamson ripping the ball out of Kevin Knox’s hands for a thunderous jam…
— NBA (@NBA) July 6, 2019
To Mitchell Robinson’s electric alley-oops…
— NBA (@NBA) July 6, 2019
But unfortunately, the game was cut short due to an earthquake and the remainder of games at the Thomas & Mack Center have been postponed until further notice.
Orlando Magic 75, San Antonio Spurs 59 – Postponed during 3Q
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) July 6, 2019
Magic: Erik McCree – 16 points (6-11 FG), 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block
Spurs: Lonnie Walker IV – 28 points (11-17 FG), 2 rebounds, and 1 steal.
Despite a scoring burst from Lonnie Walker (28 points in 24 minutes), the 18th overall pick in 2018, the Magic led by 16 at the end of the third before the game was suspended for precautionary earthquake-realted reasons.
Tyler Skaggs, Los Angeles Angels Pitcher Dies!
The Angels released a statement on Twitter saying, “It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas. Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastaring time”
The team’s game against the Texas Rangers was postponed due to this tragedy. The Rangers manager, Chris Woodward, described it as “one of those moments where you’re just kind of numb”. He also added that his team were also thinking about Skaggs’ family and the Angels organization.
Among those who paid tribute to Staggs, is his team mate and All-Star outfielder Mike Trout. In a Twitter post he said, “Words cannot express the deep sadness we feel right now. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carli and their families. Remembering him as a great teammate, friend, and person who will forever remain in our hearts… we love you, 45.”
The Baseball Commissioner, Rob Manfred also released a statement, saying: “I am deeply saddened by today’s tragedy in Texas”. He also spoke on behalf of everyone at Major League Baseball, extending their deepest condolences to Tyler’s wife Carli, and to everyone who was close to him. Details of Skaggs’ fans tribute can be found here.
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