NFL Will Not Suspend Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill

For the second time in his career, Tyreek Hill has avoided a suspension in connection with an off-field incident. An NFL review of the Dolphins wide receiver’s conduct at a Florida marina this summer will not produce any punishment, Ian Rapoport of tweets.

A video showed Hill slapping a worker at a Miami-era marina, leading to police and NFL investigations. After the Miami-Date State Attorney’s Office declined to hit Hill with a misdemeanor assault charge, the league will follow suit in not taking any action.

This incident does not rival Hill’s two past off-field scandals, which both pertained to domestic violence, but the controversial wide receiver will again avoid a suspension. In 2019, an NFL investigation into alleged Hill child abuse — one limited by a Kansas district attorney’s office — did not bring a suspension for the talented receiver. Hill pleading guilty to punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend in 2014 led to his dismissal from Oklahoma State, but no NFL suspension could commence for that incident due to it having occurred before the eventual fifth-round pick entered the league.

The June marina dustup took place after Hill and an unidentified man were fishing for tarpon from the marina dock, which a Kelley Fishing Fleet employee told police is illegal. After being told to exit the boat, Hill “became enraged” at the boat captain and needed to be restrained by other members of his group. An expletive-laden tirade ensued, with Hill soon identifying himself as “No. 10 from the Miami Dolphins,” telling the boat captain that he could “buy you and the boat.” As Hill walked away, he slapped a 57-year-old Kelley Fishing Fleet employee, who was not the boat captain that drew the receiver’s ire minutes earlier. Hill, 29, had told one of his associates to give the employee $200. The employee declined the offer.

Thursday’s news keeps Hill in the clear ahead of his second season with the Dolphins. The Chiefs traded Hill for a five-asset package, including a 2022 first-round pick, in March of last year. The Dolphins gave the all-time speed merchant a receiver-record extension (four years, $120MM). Hill produced his third first-team All-Pro season as a receiver last year, totaling career-high numbers in receptions (119) and yards (1,710) in his Dolphins debut. Four years remain on Hill’s Miami deal.

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