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Giants’ Will Hill says failed marijuana tests caused his suspension

Atlanta Falcons tight end Gonzalez makes a touchdown catch under pressure from New York Giants safety Hill and Brown in the first half at their NFL football game in Atlanta Reuters

Last year, when Giants safety Will Hill was suspended for four games, he blamed Adderall. This year, Hill has been suspended four games again, and he says marijuana is to blame.

Hill told reporters at Giants training camp today that he had several positive marijuana tests last season, and that he spent several months appealing the tests, which is why he won’t begin serving his suspension until Week One of this season. Hill said smoking pot became something of a coping mechanism for him when dealing with trouble in his hometown.

“It’s from family members, everyone reaching their hand out thinking I’m an ATM, and people who think you owe them something,” Hill said, via Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger. “It was just a situation where I was visiting back to my hometown and a guy pulled a shotgun on me right then and wanted money. How do you deal with those situations? I really can’t so I dealt with it the best way I knew how.”

Off-field issues have been a concern surrounding Hill since before the 2011 draft — and those issues are the primary reason he wasn’t drafted and had to start his career in arena football. But Hill has shown promise since signing with the Giants, and he’s expected to play an increased role in the Giants’ defense this year, once his suspension ends.

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18 Responses to “Giants’ Will Hill says failed marijuana tests caused his suspension”
  1. derekturner356 says: Jul 28, 2013 2:18 PM

    Pot really shouldn’t be a drug that results in bans. It’s legal in multiple states and doesn’t affect a player’s ability to preform in NFL negatively or positively.

  2. lks311 says: Jul 28, 2013 2:33 PM

    I would be concerned regarding a player who deflects accountability like this. You toked, you got caught…that’s it.

  3. helloanybodyhome says: Jul 28, 2013 2:36 PM

    I realize that weed isn’t a dangerous drug, and I used to use it quite frequently. Then I got a job that would be in jeopardy with continued use…so I stopped smoking.
    Not a real hard decision.

  4. thegonz13 says: Jul 28, 2013 2:37 PM

    Here’s a thought: cut all ties with your hometown. Don’t go back there. Change your phone numbers, home and cell. Don’t talk to the leeches who might want something from you.

    That would be a good place to start…

  5. 1chilla says: Jul 28, 2013 2:38 PM

    Sometimes you can’t go back to your hometown people and family always out to get you are want something

  6. securb2013 says: Jul 28, 2013 2:40 PM

    Come on man, the I’m stressed so I have to smoke weed defence? Man up like Ricky Williams and just admit you like smoking weed.

  7. conseannery says: Jul 28, 2013 2:42 PM

    Former Gator from the Meyer era. Shocking.

  8. bunjy96 says: Jul 28, 2013 2:53 PM

    So a poor excuse is better than none, I don’t think so.

    Pot is illegal in the NFL, you knew it and did it any way.

    Have zero sympathy or empathy.

  9. packfaninca says: Jul 28, 2013 2:59 PM

    This isn’t a surprise to anyone that’s seen his (now deleted) twitter account. It’s only a matter of time until he ‘suspends’ himself out of the NFL

  10. justinstuckrule says: Jul 28, 2013 3:04 PM

    Sometimes I say that posters here complain no matter what but in this case they’re right. This Will Hill situation shows everything that is wrong with the Giant organization and why it has been going downhill for too many years. It’s time to clean house. Get a new coach, GM and start the Ryan Nassib era now at QB.

  11. richndc says: Jul 28, 2013 3:17 PM

    So he needs to smoke pot to relax him because family members are after his money???? Please. If you ever really want to know what is really wrong with our society/world, it’s the logic of pathetic idiots like this. It is hard for sane, responsible, accountable people to even wrap their minds around nonsense like this. What an idiot/loser.

  12. thefootballgodssay says: Jul 28, 2013 3:31 PM

    11-5 nfc east champs 2013 nygiants

  13. youcantmakemepickausername says: Jul 28, 2013 3:35 PM

    Maybe I’m reading something wrong, but even though I don’t think the guy should have the book thrown at him for weed, how is it that his second suspension for a banned substance is the same number of games as his first?

  14. germanstingray says: Jul 28, 2013 4:52 PM

    I still wonder how all these guy keep failing their drug tests. They’re practicing for them all the time.

  15. justintuckrule says: Jul 28, 2013 4:53 PM

    Another brilliant goodell policy. The alternative to smoking pot, getting the munchies, staying home and playing madden out of the public eye is, well… Lets just see what ends up on the police blotter this afternoon.

  16. buddybowl69 says: Jul 29, 2013 1:46 AM

    youcantmakemepickausername says:
    Jul 28, 2013 3:35 PM
    Maybe I’m reading something wrong, but even though I don’t think the guy should have the book thrown at him for weed, how is it that his second suspension for a banned substance is the same number of games as his first?

    It’s called being a NY Giant (actually NJ), home of all of the major news agencies. Can’t have any bad-press now. For the same reason this will probably be censored.

  17. kev86 says: Jul 29, 2013 7:21 AM

    Beats drink 15 beers a day.

  18. CKL says: Jul 29, 2013 11:44 AM

    Sooo…how come the NYG didn’t know this guy had a shady family background? See how silly that argument is here?

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