Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes talk return of Tyreek Hill: 'We have trust in Tyreek'

With the NFL having said its piece on the Tyreek Hill child abuse allegations, the business of football is coming back into focus for the Kansas City Chiefs.

As training camp opened, head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes were asked on Tuesday to address the uncomfortable topic of Hill’s tumultuous offseason after the NFL determined last week that the Chiefs wide receiver will not serve a suspension.

Both, unsurprisingly, expressed their support for the two-time All-Pro receiver.

‘We’re comfortable with Tyreek coming back’

“We’re comfortable with Tyreek coming back here,” Reid told reporters. “We look forward to bringing him back here and having an opportunity to get back doing what he loves to do. He has some obligations he’ll take care of as he goes. I’m not going to get into all that. I’m going to kind of end it after this here, but we’ve all — particularly you folks here (the media) — you’ve all read all the statements, as we have.

“We have trust in Tyreek that we’re going to go forward in a positive way here.”

NFL didn’t clear or suspend Hill

The league declined to exonerate Hill, who had been under investigation by Kansas law enforcement and then the NFL after Hill’s three-year-old son had suffered a broken arm. But it determined that it could not conclude that Hill violated the league’s personal conduct policy.

Johnson County prosecutors declined in April to press charges against either Hill or his ex-fiancée Crystal Espinal despite the fact that district attorney Steve Howe said that he believed a crime had been committed.

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Feb 2, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tyreek Hill during red carpet arrivals for the NFL Honors show at the Fox Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2019; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Kansas City fullback Andrew Sherman (42) and receiver Tyreek Hill (10) during AFC practice for the 2019 Pro Bowl at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 12, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs for a touchdown against Indianapolis Colts cornerback Pierre Desir (35) during the first quarter in an AFC Divisional playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 30, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) warms up before a game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 23, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) catches a pass against Seattle Seahawks cornerback Justin Coleman (28) during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) attempts to catch a pass in the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 40-33. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 23, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs the ball as San Francisco 49ers linebacker Fred Warner (48) attempts the tackle during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 8, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid reacts to a call after wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) scores a touchdown during the first half against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 20: Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) before the AFC Championship Game game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs on January 20, 2019 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 30: Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs teases his son, Zev, by leaning away from a kiss during pregame warmups prior to the game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 13: Wide receiver Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs warms up prior to the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters (22) and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) after a NFL game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams on November 19, 2018, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 4, 2018: Wide receiver Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs walks off the field prior to a game against the Cleveland Browns on November 4, 2018 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Kansas City won 37-21. (Photo by: 2018 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 10: Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) before an AFC West showdown between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs on December 10, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 08: Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) before a Thursday night AFC West showdown between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs on December 08, 2016 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2014 file photo Oklahoma State wide receiver Tyreek Hill, left, is chased by Oklahoma defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue (98) runs a punt return in to tie the game in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla. Hill was arrested Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, accused of punching and choking his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2014 file photo is Oklahoma State's Tyreek Hill in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla. Hill was arrested Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, accused of punching and choking his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
Oklahoma State wide receiver Tyreek Hill (24) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Oklahoma State wide receiver Tyreek Hill (24) carries in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Oklahoma State won 37-20. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
30 August 2014 - Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Tyreek Hill (#24) tries to break free of Florida State Seminoles linebacker Terrance Smith (#24) during the Advocare Cowboys Classic college football game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Oklahoma State Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Florida State won the game 37-31. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
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‘Excited to have him back out here’

The situation leaves the players and coaches who share a locker room and huddle with Hill in the position of having to address the allegations he faced.

“You always stay in touch with your teammates, with guys that you build relationships with,” Mahomes told reporters. “We stayed in touch with him as much as possible, as well as letting that stuff handle itself. It was good to welcome him back now and be a part of the team and can build the team that we want to build.

“He’s obviously a great football player and more than that, he’s a good friend of mine and someone I work with a lot,” Mahomes added. “I’m excited to have him back out here with us and working, building that chemistry even more.”

The Chiefs drafted Hill in 2016 aware of his history that included a guilty plea to punching and choking Espinal while she was pregnant when he was a player at Oklahoma State.

He’s rewarded their risk with three Pro Bowl seasons to start his career and a cloud of off-field violence investigations.

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