OK State football dismisses Tyreek Hill after domestic assault charge
Tyreek Hill's 92-yard punt return for a touchdown made him the hero of Oklahoma State's comeback victory over Oklahoma and earned him a spot on highlight shows nationwide.
Less than a week later, he was in jail after being arrested and charged with punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend. On Friday, he was dismissed from the football and track teams.
"Oklahoma State University does not tolerate domestic abuse or violence," the university said in a statement. "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."
According to a report from the Stillwater Police Department, the woman said she and the All-Big 12 player had an argument that escalated into physical violence Thursday night. The woman said she was eight weeks pregnant with Hill's child, and was concerned about the fetus because she was in pain after he punched her in the stomach. She said she also was punched in the face, had a busted lip and was choked.
Hill, a 20-year-old junior, was arrested on a charge of domestic abuse by strangulation and he allegedly told officers he was being arrested "for being black and she was white." Hill spent the night in jail and was charged Friday with domestic assault and battery by strangulation, according to a Payne County Court clerk. Hill did not enter a plea. Bond was set at $15,000, and a court date was set for Jan. 13.
The woman said Hill "has a volatile temper and that he thought it was OK to punch and shake her," police said. She said he had been physical with her before, but it had been mostly manhandling and had never been this bad.
Last Saturday, Hill's big return against Oklahoma tied the game and the Cowboys went on to win 38-35 in overtime. He finished the regular season with 1,811 all-purpose yards, including 534 rushing, 281 receiving, 256 on punt returns and 740 on punt returns. He had 996 combined kick return yards to rank second in the nation this year, and was 11th in all-purpose yards per game at 150.9.
In addition to the big performance against Oklahoma, he also had a late kickoff return for a score at Kansas to break a tie and give the Cowboys the win, had a kickoff return for a touchdown that broke open OSU's close game with Iowa State and posted a season-high 278 all-purpose yards against defending national champion Florida State in the season opener.
Hill is from Pearson, Georgia.