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Chiefs' Tyreek Hill to be interviewed by NFL this week, sources say

Brooke Pryor, The Kansas City Star on

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Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill will meet with the NFL this week, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told The Star on Monday.

Hill has been suspended from team activities by the Chiefs since April. The team starts training camp July 27.

Hill and his legal team will be present for interviews with the league, the sources said. The NFL previously said it did not have permission to interview Hill for its own investigation because of an active child welfare case involving the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

When contacted by The Star, Hill's attorney N. Trey Pettlon and the NFL declined comment Monday. WHB (810 AM) was first to report that Hill and the NFL were to meet this week.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe told The Star earlier this month that a criminal child abuse probe involving Hill and his fiancee Crystal Espinal "is not an active investigation."

But Howe also told The Star that his comments made in an April 24 news conference "still hold true." At that time, he said he believed the 3-year-old son of Hill and fiancee Crystal Espinal had been hurt but couldn't prove who did it.

 

Two days after that news conference, and after a taped conversation of Hill and Espinal talking about their son and how he got hurt surfaced, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said the criminal investigation had been re-opened.

When asked if the case had ever been reopened, Howe did not respond.

Though the criminal investigation is no longer active, Hill and Espinal do have an ongoing case with DCF. Generally speaking, cases like these can take weeks, months or even years for the families to receive the services they need.

In a May press conference, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league was waiting for permission to interview Hill for its own investigation. That directive stemmed from the child welfare case, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said at the time.

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