Oklahoma college football fans may recognize the name Tyreek Hill. He was the OSU player who ran the 92-yard punt return that ultimately led to OSU’s victory over OU at last year’s Bedlam game. As it turns out, however, that may have been his last showing in college football since he was dismissed from the team after an allegation of domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend.
Hill, who was voted Offensive Newcomer of the Year, is accused of assaulting her on Dec. 11, 2014. The two planned to see a movie that night but an argument supposedly erupted over some text messages on his girlfriend’s phone. As the argument escalated, the woman claims Hill threw her phone and laptop before shutting her out of their bedroom.
She claims that when she went back into the room, Hill choked her, punched her and ripped her shirt. When police searched their home, a torn shirt was discovered. Photographs of the injuries allegedly caused by Hill were also taken.
A Payne County judge ruled that there was enough evidence for the case to go forward. Hill’s attorney revealed the fact that Hill’s girlfriend was under the care of a psychiatrist. It was further intimated that she could have caused the injuries to herself or that there was an alternate explanation for them.
There is more than just a career in Oklahoma college football at stake for Hill since a conviction could mean a prison sentence of one to three years and/or a fine in the amount of $3,000. If prosecutors are not able to prove to the court beyond a reasonable doubt that Hill is guilty of the domestic violence charge, he must be acquitted. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 17.
Source: newsok.com, “Tyreek Hill ordered to face domestic violence trial for alleged assault of pregnant ex-girfriend”, Kyle Fredrickson, March 9, 2015