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Team Owner Is 'Deeply Disturbed' by Recording

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt reacts to audio of Tyreek Hill
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 27, 2019 2:30 PM CDT
Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt walks on the field prior to an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/David Richard)
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(Newser) – Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said he was "deeply disturbed" by audio of Tyreek Hill discussing injuries to his 3-year-old son but declined to elaborate on the case citing an ongoing criminal investigation, the AP reports. The most visible face of the Chiefs' ownership family, Hunt spoke briefly with reporters Saturday while the team was holding its annual draft party. He declined to discuss the team's plans for Hill but did acknowledge that the star wide receiver's legal problems are an embarrassment for the team. "It is obviously a tough situation for the organization," Hunt said. Hill has been suspended from all team-related activities after audio surfaced Wednesday in which he discusses abusing his son.

Hill also told his fiancee, Crystal Espinal, that she should be "terrified" of him during an 11-minute discussion that took place in a Dubai airport. The audio surfaced one day after prosecutors declined to press charges against Hill following a domestic violence investigation. They said at the time that they were convinced a crime had occurred, but were unable to determine whether it was Hill or Espinal that hurt their son. Prosecutors reopened the case on Friday after receiving the audio from a local TV station. Hunt said the team was conducting its own investigation, though it's unclear how much information that Johnson County District Attorney's office will make available. The NFL is also involved in the case, and it's possible that Roger Goodell could place Hill on the commissioner's exempt list.

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