TV station responds to criticism



July 11, 2019 - 10:06 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — KCTV5 news director Casey Clark went on air Wednesday night and defended the station’s decision not to run the entire 11-minute conversation between Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill and his fiancee Crystal Espinal that surfaced in April.

After receiving the audio recording, the station released portions of the conversation between the couple at the Dubai airport. Hill and Espinal can be heard talking about the child-abuse allegations regarding their 3-year-old son that led to a criminal investigation.

Reporter Angie Ricono said at the time “we released the newsworthy portions.” But when KCSP (610 Sports) aired the full audio this week, Hill could be heard not only denying that he injured the couple’s son, but also saying he never hit Espinal in a 2014 incident to which Hill pleaded guilty to domestic abuse by strangulation while they were both at Oklahoma State.

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