Tyreek Hill Dismissed From Team

In a tragedy in literature the hero almost always is victim of tragedy. While it is very difficult to classify Tyreek Hill as a victim, as of late Thursday evening his situation did become tragic. The story became even more serious Friday when Hill was charged on a complaint of domestic assault and battery by strangulation, and later Thursday was dismissed from the Oklahoma State football team.

OSU released a statement Friday night stating that Hill had been dismissed from both the Cowboys football team and track team.

The statement read as follows: “Oklahoma State University does not tolerate domestic abuse or violence. Based on the evidence and the serious allegations that have been made, Head Football Coach Mike Gundy has announced that Tyreek Hill has been dismissed from the OSU football team. He also has been dismissed from the track team. The allegations are under investigation by Stillwater Police and by the OSU Office of Student Conduct. Those processes will proceed independently.”

The Stillwater Police reported that at 9:39 p.m. Thursday officers were called to the Stillwater Medical Center emergency room to investigate a reported domestic assault and battery. The female victim statement told the officers that she and her boyfriend (identified as 20-year-old Tyreek Hill) had a verbal argument that eventually escalated into a physical altercation.

Hill had to be riding a high as his 92-yard punt return inside the last minute of the Bedlam game last Saturday in Norman helped send Oklahoma State into overtime against their arch-rival and led to the eventual 38-35 win in the extra session. The win evened the Cowboys record at 6-6 and sent them into the Cactus Bowl in Tempe, Arizona on Jan. 2, 2015 against Washington.

A few days later Hill was named to the Associated Press All-Big 12 team as the Newcomer of the Year.

All of that positive attention came crashing down and the positive publicity turned very negative on Friday.

At Stillwater Medical Center on Thursday night the female victim showed police officers injuries to her lip, cheek and neck that reflected the claims that she made to the officers about the incident, including that Hill had choked her. Police were able to take visual evidence while at the hospital of the injuries that backed up the verbal testimony and later a written statement made by the un-named female victim.

The woman also told police that she had been dating Hill since June and that she was eight weeks pregnant with his child. She told officers that she was very concerned about her injuries, especially those to the stomach because of his condition of being pregnant. The police report also states the victim said there had been previous arguments and that while the alleged perpetrator had manhandled her he had not previously hit her.

The same report states that officers went to Hill's residence and after questioning him arrested him on the charge because of having enough reasonable suspicion of the domestic abuse charge. Hill was arrested and booked.

His arraignment Friday afternoon was a video arraingnment and he had no representation. Bond was set at $15,000, and Payne County District Judge Kathy Thomas scheduled his next court date for Jan. 13, when Hill is expected to enter a plea. The judge ordered that Hill was to have no contact with the woman he is accused of attacking.

The charge against Hill is a felony punishable by one to three years in prison and/or a $3,000 fine.

Hill is orginally from Pearson, Georgia and he attended Coffee County High School where he was a football and track standout. He went on to play football at Garden City Community College in Kansas before transferring last January to Oklahoma State. He was also recruited by the likes of Texas, Florida State, Alabama, Oklahoma, USC, Arkansas, Nebraska, Georgia, and Tennessee among many more.

This season he rushed for 534 yards on 102 carries and scored a touchdown. He caught 31 passes for 281 yards and a long touchdown reception against Iowa State. He averaged 9.5 yards a punt return and had the touchdown against Oklahoma. He also returned 30 kickoffs for a 24.7 yards average and two touchdowns, one against Iowa State and a game winner against Kansas.

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