- Hill left the Chiefs in 2022 to get paid, but saw his former team win back-to-back titles.
- Stephen A. compared it to when Kevin Durant left the Golden State Warriors
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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith publicly asked Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill if he regrets his decision to leave the Kansas City Chiefs after quarterback Patrick Mahomes led them to a third title in five years. .
Hill was traded to the Dolphins in March 2022 and signed a massive four-year, $120 million contract extension.
But he’s had to watch his former team win back-to-back Super Bowls in that same span of time, leaving Stephen A. wondering if the Dolphins receiver has any regrets.
“I know you’ve got your bag, Tyreek Hill,” he began on an episode of The Stephen A. Smith Show. ‘I know you have your purse, you have your money and you deserve every damn penny of those dollars.
But I ask you one thing, Tyreek Hill, with all due respect: Are you sure you’re happy with your decision?
Stephen A. Smith publicly asked Tyreek Hill if he regrets his decision to leave the Chiefs
Hill (left) may have gotten a huge contract, but he’s had to watch the Chiefs win two titles.
‘Now, let’s clarify. I ask that question strictly for football reasons. I know it’s way better in South Beach than it is in Kansas City. I understand. There is no discussion there. There are also no state income taxes in Florida. I understand that too. Warmer climate. I understand that too.
“But I still tell you, for football reasons, playing with a quarterback, are you sure you’re okay with your decision to leave Patrick Mahomes? In fact, now we have to start making a comparison.
‘I would dare say, ladies and gentlemen, that this warrants a comparison between Tyreek Hill and Kevin Durant. Which one is worse? Is Tyreek Hill leaving Patrick Mahomes or Kevin Durant leaving Steph Curry?
“Because everyone saw that game-winning shot that (Curry) hit on Saturday night against Kevin Durant and the Phoenix Suns, right?
‘Which one is worse? Which decision is worse? Tyreek Hill leaves Patrick Mahomes to join Tua Tagovailoa or Kevin Durant leaves Steph Curry to join Kyrie Irving.
‘Which one is worse? Everyone will debate it, I won’t even give you my answer right now. I’ll put up with it for a couple of days. I’ll leave that topic for another day.
But it’s a question worth asking and don’t tell me it’s not. Because when you see what Patrick Mahomes is doing, it’s something special to behold. And we just have to call it like we see it and be honest about it because there’s really no way around it.”
He compared it to Kevin Durant leaving the Warriors and watching Steph Curry win titles.
Earlier this year, Travis Kelce discussed his contract in an interview with Vanity Fair and even mentioned Hill’s situation specifically as a reason to stay with a team that would pay him less.
“My managers and agents love to tell me how underpaid I am,” Kelce told the outlet. “Every time I talk about wanting more money, they say, ‘Why don’t you go to the Chiefs and ask them?'”
‘When I saw Tyreek go and make 30 (million) a year, in the back of my head I thought, man, that’s two or three times what I’m making now.
‘I think the free market seems fun until you go somewhere and you don’t win. I love winning. I love the situation I’m in.’