If the Kansas City Chiefs want to lock up Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry long-term, the clock is ticking.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs have not “ruled out” reaching a long-term agreement with franchise-tagged Berry before Friday’s deadline. This comes shorty after NFL Network’s Rand Getlin reported that the Chiefs were unlikely to extend Berry before the July 15th deadline.
While neither reporter completely ruled out the possibility of Berry working out a long-term deal with the Chiefs.
Berry is seeking a deal in the range of Harrison Smith’s five-year, $51.25M extension and Kansas City has, at times, appeared willing to let Berry play out the next season under the franchise tag.
At last night’s ESPY Awards, Berry won the ESPY for Best Comeback Player, in recognition of his Pro Bowl season in his return from battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Upon accepting the award, Berry delivered an inspiring speech which included the following:
“I’m not a victim of circumstance. I’m not a victim of diagnosis. I can do it if I put my mind to it, and I have a wonderful support system. So, I’m not accepting this award for me, I’m accepting it for all the fighters out there. Regardless of what your circumstance is, regardless of what your diagnosis is, just keep pushing and always remember, ‘Honor your legacy, baby.’ And you can push through it.”
Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Barred Indefinitely from Team Activities
The Kansas City Chiefs announced that wide receiver Tyreek Hill has been barred indefinitely from all team activities until more is known about an audio recording that aired on KCTV in Kansas City in which Hill’s fiancée accused him of abusing their 3-year-old son.
While Hill avoided charges, the team is taking their own approach, and the league may as well.
“We were deeply disturbed by what we heard [on the recorded conversation],” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said, according to ESPN’s Adam Teicher.
“We were deeply concerned. Now, obviously, we have great concern for [fiancée] Crystal [Espinal]. We are greatly concerned for Tyreek. But our main focus, our main concern, is with the young child.”
“We are going to continue to gather information and we will make the right decision,” Veach said in his statement.
Hill’s place in the NFL, if these are indeed the facts, needs to be seriously looked at, and a stern message should be sent by the team, NFL, and hopefully the NFLPA that these actions are not tolerated whatsoever.
For more details on what the audio consisted of, please read the full report over at ESPN.
Or, you can listen to the below video courtesy of TMZ Sports.
Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Not Facing Child Abuse Charges
Kansas City Chiefs star wide receiver Tyreek Hill, or his fiancee will not face charges, as the Johnson County (Kansas) District Attorney’s office has declined charges against the pair, according to ESPN.
However, there is a wrinkle as District Attorney Stephen M. Howe said that although he believes that a crime occurred, the evidence in the case doesn’t clearly establish who committed the crime.
Back on March 14th, Overland Park, Kansas officers were called to Hill’s home to investigate an alleged battery in which a juvenile was a victim, police reports indicated.
While Hill was not listed in the report, his fiancee Crystal Espinal was listed under “others involved.”
The Kansas Department of Children and Families has been investigating the alleged battery.
“This office has reviewed all the evidence compiled by these agencies and has declined to file charges against Tyreek Hill and Crystal Espinal,” Howe said on Wednesday during a news conference.
“We are deeply troubled by this situation and are concerned about the health and welfare of the child in question. We believe a crime has occurred. However, the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed this crime.”
This wasn’t the first incident involving the Hill residence as officers were called to the home on March 5th to investigate a report of child abuse or neglect.
In that situation, Hill was named on the police report, but the Overland Park police closed the case three days later when prosecution was declined.
Hill could still face discipline from the NFL, such as a fine and/or suspension.
Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Under Investigation
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is under investigation for battery, according to the Kansas City Star’s Steve Vockrodt and Brooke Pryor.
Per the report, the team is aware that law enforcement is currently investigating Hill, adding that the Kansas Department of Children and Families is also investigating Hill.
“I can only confirm we received a report and an investigation is ongoing,” Mike Deines, spokesperson for DCF, said.
The Kansas City Star has obtained a police report from the Overland Park Police Department regarding a battery incident that lists a juvenile as being the victim, along with Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, listed under “others involved.”
While the report was dated as last Thursday, the exact date of the incident remains unclear, per the report.
“The club is aware of the investigation involving Tyreek Hill,” the Chiefs said in a statement to The Star. “We’re in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities. We’ll have no further comment at this time.”
KCTV 5 obtained another Overland Park police report dated March 5th, a report of child abuse or neglect that was closed 3 days later when authorities declined to prosecute.
Hill has a troubling history. Back in 2014, Hill reportedly choked and punched Espinal, who at that time was eight weeks pregnant with their son. Hill pleaded guilt to domestic assault and batter by strangulation later in 2015.
The Chiefs have seen Hill blossom into a star, and they have been negotiating a contract extension with Hill that would make him the highest paid wideout in NFL history, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
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