Tyreek Hill's 3-year-old son told his mother the Chiefs receiver punched him, according to a recording obtained and published Thursday evening by Kansas City television station KCTV-5.
"Daddy did it," the boy's mother, Crystal Espinal, could be heard saying, paraphrasing the boy. "He is terrified of you."
Hill responded, according to the recording: "You need to be terrified of me, too," before adding a vulgarity.
The television station said the more than 11-minute long recording was made while the couple walked through Dubai International Airport. The Star could not independently confirm Thursday it was Hill and Espinal on the recording.
KCTV posted portions of the recording to its website.
Police were called to Hill's home twice last month and investigators determined the son had been injured. On Wednesday, Johnson County (Kan.) District Attorney Steve Howe said charges would not be filed, but acknowledged he was "deeply troubled" by the situation and said "we believe a crime has occurred." He said there was not enough evidence to conclusively establish who committed it.
Hill released a statement through his attorney earlier Thursday in which he said his "son's health and happiness is my number one priority."
Less than eight hours later, KCTV aired the audio, saying it was sent to the station without disclosing from whom. The station said it had shared the audio with Howe's office, which did not return a message left late Thursday.
Neither the Chiefs nor an attorney for Hill responded to a request for comment.
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