No Tyreek Hill suspension shows NFL’s lack of consistency and fairness

After four months of investigating a domestic violence case against Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, the NFL decided not to come down with a suspension. No suspension for Hill proves once again the NFL has no consistency when it comes to suspending players. 
Tyreek Hill suspension
Tyreek Hill” by Brook Ward is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill was being investigated by the NFL for potentially violating its personal conduct policy after allegations of a domestic violence charge involving his 3-year-old son came out a few months back.

Yesterday, the NFL stated it would not be suspending Hill after they could not conclude that he violated the league’s personal conduct policy. The NFL released the following statement about their investigation:

“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.”

I understand that the NFL couldn’t prove anything with the information they were given, but I think it’s a load of garbage that Hill isn’t being given any sort of suspension for being involved in this.

First off, Hill has a history of similar actions. Back in 2015, Hill pled guilty to domestic assault and battery charges after attacking his fiancee, Crystal Espinal. The NFL may not have been able to prove anything in this case, but the fact that Hill has a history of similar actions should suggest something is up. If Hill has done it before, that should be even more reason to believe he’s involved with it again.


Recent NFL suspensions

If we look at some recent NFL suspensions, what the NFL has done with Hill is very inconsistent and unfair to those who have been suspended recently. For this article, I’m going to look at two other cases of NFL stars. Those two stars are running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Kareem Hunt.

Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott” by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

When Ezekiel Elliott first came into the league, allegations against him came out about him being violent toward a woman. After a year long investigation into the case, Elliott was suspended for six games during the 2017 NFL season.

This case is very similar to that of Hill’s. In Hill’s case, law enforcement doesn’t have evidence to prove Hill was the one who injured his 3-year-old son. Since there is no evidence to prove it, there are no charges against him.

Similarly, when Elliott was being investigated by law enforcement, they dropped all charges against him because there wasn’t enough evidence to prove he was actually violent toward the woman.

Neither Hill or Elliott received charges against them, yet Elliott received a six game suspension and Hill received no suspension at all. Makes perfect sense.

Yes, there are some differences in the two cases. One difference is that the NFL didn’t have any information from the court in Hill’s case, but did have it for Ezekiel Elliott’s case. However, if law enforcement couldn’t prove Elliott was guilty, I don’t see how the NFL could have came to a different conclusion.

The NFL doesn’t need law enforcement to say a player is guilty for them to be suspended. Instead, they determine if the player violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy on their own. Elliott just being accused of accusations, along with his not so perfect past, led to the NFL suspending him for six games.

In Hill’s case, he’s already pled guilty to something like this just a few years back. If he’s being accused of it again, shouldn’t the NFL have suspended him for at least six games? Again, they don’t need a guilty verdict to suspend a player. Elliott being accused was enough, but apparently Hill being accused wasn’t, even after he’s done this before.


Kareem Hunt

kareem hunt.jpg

Now onto Kareem Hunt. His case is a little different than those of Hill and Elliott, but it still shows us how inconsistent the NFL is with their suspensions.

It wasn’t too long ago that Hunt was released by the Kansas City Chiefs after a video surfaced of him pushing and kicking a woman in a hotel. Hunt has since received an eight game suspension for his actions.

What I don’t understand about this, is how can Hunt only get eight games when there is actual proof of him abusing this woman? Ezekiel Elliott got six games when there were no charges against him and no conclusive evidence he actually did anything wrong.

You can actually see Kareem Hunt abusing a woman, but he only got two more games than Elliott? This makes no sense! If Elliott got six games for having no conclusive evidence and no charges, Hunt should get at least twice that, if not an entire season suspension!


No consistency

By not suspending Hill for the allegations against him, the NFL has proven once again that they have no sort of consistency when it comes to suspending their players.

  • Hill gets nothing because there’s no conclusive evidence against him, even though he has a history of this behavior.
  • Elliott got six games even though there were no charges against him and no conclusive evidence.
  • Hunt gets eight games, just two more than Elliott, even though there’s a video for the entire world to see of him abusing a woman.

Is it just me, or does it seem like the NFL is picking and choosing who they want to suspend and who they don’t? I get that every situation is different, but the NFL has to come up with some sort of system that actually makes sense when it comes to suspending its players.


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