Tyreek Hill: The Legal Landscape Before Training Camp

Legal analysis and possible scenarios for the current Tyreek Hill situation

Note: The author is a licensed practicing attorney with 17 years of experience in Criminal Defense and extensive experience dealing with child abuse, neglect, and the Department of Children’s Services. All legal analysis and opinion are based on open source information regarding the case and the author’s legal experiences.

The Tyreek Hill case is one of the biggest storylines from the National Football League this offseason. It has far-reaching implications for the Kansas City Chiefs, but more topically for the readers of Footballguys, it will have a huge impact on fantasy teams if Hill misses a big chunk of the season. The problem for owners drafting in the next three to four weeks is that there may not be much clarity before drafts occur. The Chiefs are hopeful for a decision before training camp, but there has been no official word that the league is marking that as a significant date on their calendar. However, typically the interview with the player is one of the final steps that the league takes so it’s reasonable to assume that the case is coming to a conclusion that will give fantasy owners clarity before the start of the season. In the meantime, here are some things to know.

The Role of Children's Services

One of the more underrated storylines in this case is the role that the Kansas Department of Children and Families (“DCF”) will play in the outcome of the case. It’s important to note that not only are they an extremely important agency, but they also possess a great deal of power. For example, consider that when criminal charges are filed and a person is found guilty (or pleads guilty) the court will often defer to, or seek the advice of, DCF in order to arrive at the proper sentence. Their opinion and role is extremely important.

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