Back in 2014, a 20-year-old woman named Crystal Espinal was the victim of a physical assault committed by a man that she was dating at the time.
Espinal, who was pregnant during the incident, testified in court that her boyfriend punched her in the face, held her in a chokehold in excess of one minute, punched her in the stomach, choked her some more, and banged her head against a wall.
Her boyfriend at the time was none other than current Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Tyreek Hill. The Chiefs’ rookie is having a nice inaugural season in the NFL, catching three touchdowns in his last four games.
But should he even be allowed to play in the league?
Especially since his punishment for scarring Espinal for life was a measly three years of probation. The consequences of his actions certainly did not teach Hill about the severity of his decision making process on that night in 2014.
Not only is Espinal likely fearful of Hill for the remainder of her life, but this violent incident will always be in the back of her head during her future interactions with other men over her lifetime.
So while she has to deal with the infinite amount of after effects from being a victim of domestic assault, Hill gets to continue his dream of playing in the NFL. Seems fair enough, right?
Even after all of the recent domestic incidents the league had become involved in prior to Hill entering the NFL, a team still felt that he was worth spending a draft pick in 2016. Kansas City looked past the fact that their new wide receiver had been dismissed from a major university (Oklahoma State) after potentially harming the life of his unborn child.
Obviously, the Chiefs did their share of extensive research on Hill before drafting him. Research that consisted of how fast he can run, how good his hands are, and how many potential touchdowns he could score.
Kansas City’s coaches and personnel can claim how they looked deeply into Hill’s personal history, but nothing can justify the team drafting a player who apparently, “thought it was OK to punch and choke,” his girlfriend.
Well except for the fact that he is one hell of a ball player.