Tyreek Hill Should Still be Suspended by the NFL

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28:  Wide receiver Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs warms up prior to the game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Johnson County District Attorney announced Wednesday that it believes a crime was committed in reference to the abuse inflicted on Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill's son, but that, "the evidence does not conclusively establish who committed the crime." Thus, no charges will be officially filed at this time against Hill or the child's mother, Crystal Espinal.

Despite there being no criminal charges filed against Hill, based on NFL rules and precedence, that doesn't mean he is free and clear of suspension from the NFL. And he shouldn't be.

The NFL, under the current collective bargaining agreement, holds the power to suspend anyone they deem committed any misconduct. Roger Goodell and the rest of the NFL powers that be are essentially the judge, jury, and executioner, and we've seen them wield this power in less troublesome situations before.

On top of having an extremely troubling and graphic history with domestic violence from his college days, the optics of Hill's current situation are much more troubling than those of Ezekiel Elliott or, more recently, Hill's former teammate Kareem Hunt.

Elliott was suspended six games for a domestic violence accusation he was found to have committed no wrong doing in by law enforcement. Hunt also was not charged with a crime, but there was a video released months later of the incident, which sparked outrage. Hunt received an eight-game suspension.

While there's little accomplished in ranking the severity of these actions, the NFL has drawn a line in the sand on these type of incidents. And for an incident that is objectively equally as bad and arguably worse, it's pretty clear and understandable that Hill should expect a similar suspension to be coming his way.

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