A Kansas City radio station on Tuesday aired the entirety of a recorded conversation that it says took place between Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and his fiancée, Crystal Espinal, at a Dubai airport earlier this year.
KCSP-AM broadcast the recording, which is 11 minutes long and has not been independently authenticated by USA TODAY Sports, multiple times during its afternoon program “The Drive.”
Excerpts of the audio had previously been broadcast by KCTV5 and likely contributed to the Chiefs’ decision to suspend Hill on April 25.
The NFL is investigating allegations of child abuse against Hill involving his 3-year-old son. NFL Network reported that league investigators have had access to the complete audio recording that was broadcast Tuesday for several months.
While portions of the audio had already been publicly released by KCTV5, the full recording broadcast by KCSP-AM includes a lengthy exchange about a previous domestic violence incident involving Hill and Espinal, which led to Hill’s dismissal from the Oklahoma State football team in 2014.
Hill, who was accused of choking Espinal and pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery in the case, is heard on the newly-released audio denying the allegations.
“I didn’t touch you in 2014,” Hill says in the recording. “I would put that on everything I love, bro. That’s the real truth.”
“Then where did the bruises come from, Tyreek?” Espinal responds.
“Did I hit you, though?” Hill continues, after a brief exchange. “Tell the truth.”
The domestic assault and battery conviction was dismissed from Hill’s record after he completed a three-year probationary period.
SOURCE: Tom Schad, USA TODAY