New Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu on Tyreek Hill accusations: 'I think it’s bad, man'

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Tyrann Mathieu hasn’t been a member of the Kansas City Chiefs for long, but he has never been one to hold onto opinions.

Mathieu was asked on SB Nation Radio about the NFL’s biggest story, which involves new teammate Tyreek Hill and the allegations that he abused his son. After prosecutors in Johnson County, Kansas, declined to press domestic violence charges against Hill, audio was released featuring a conversation between Hill and his fiancée, Crystal Espinal, in which the two discussed injuries to their child. Also in the recording, Hill threatened Espinal. Prosecutors reopened the investigation, and the Chiefs said Hill wouldn’t be allowed to take part in any team activities.

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Mathieu, who signed a three-year, $42 million deal with the Chiefs in March, didn’t publicly blast Hill, but it was still unusual to hear one teammate speak of another’s pending case like he did.

Tyrann Mathieu: ‘It’s very disappointing’

Mathieu hit on a lot of topics with SB Nation Radio’s Alex Gold, and expressed his disdain for what he heard on the Hill recordings.

“I think it’s bad, man,” Mathieu told Gold, via Arrowhead Pride. “Obviously, it’s very disappointing. Obviously, I came to the Chiefs with hopes that I could watch him play football and watch him run back punts and catch long bombs and outrun everybody. You know, it’s a very unfortunate situation. I haven’t been his teammate much, just basically two or three weeks. So it’s not really fair for me to comment on his character. I don’t think I really know him.

“But like I said just with everything that’s out right now and obviously the audio, it’s very disappointing, not only from a teammate standpoint but I’m a father as well. It’s very disappointing.”

While those are not the most incendiary comments you’ll see, especially about such a troubling story, it’s still surprising coming from an NFL player about a teammate.

Tyrann Mathieu, coach Andy Reid, left, and general manager Brett Veach, right, signed with the Chiefs in March. (AP)
Tyrann Mathieu, coach Andy Reid, left, and general manager Brett Veach, right, signed with the Chiefs in March. (AP)

NFL hasn’t said much about Tyreek Hill

The NFL has yet to say much about Hill. The Chiefs haven’t done anything substantial regarding the situation. We’re left to wait.

Hill’s past, before he was in the NFL, has been noted often during the most recent accusations. Hill pled guilty to domestic battery in 2014, after he was accused of punching and choking Espinal.

While the football world debates the case and wonders what the NFL and Chiefs will do, the Chiefs’ newest star has weighed in.

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