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Giants waive Will Hill after latest suspension

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The Giants apparently didn’t buy Will Hill’s story about second-hand smoke either.

The team announced today they had waived the talented but troubled safety.

Hill had been suspended another six games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, after a 2012 violation of the same policy, and a 2013 suspension for violating the PED policy.

That was plenty of evidence for them to part ways with a player who has excelled on the field, but hasn’t been able to keep himself on it enough to justify the embarrassment.

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64 Responses to “Giants waive Will Hill after latest suspension”
  1. connorchew says: Jun 2, 2014 12:25 PM

    Another hit for the G-men

  2. joeflaccoallday says: Jun 2, 2014 12:26 PM

    Somebody gonna pick him up. Giants dumb for releasing him. Watch the Eagles get him cause everyone knows they need safety help.

  3. sweetnlow44 says: Jun 2, 2014 12:29 PM

    Obviously the Giants have higher expectations and standards than the 49ers.

  4. steelerben says: Jun 2, 2014 12:30 PM

    Once upon a time, you’d have said with that record he’d be headed to Oakland or Cinci. Now it looks more like Cleveland or San Fran.

  5. nfl fan says: Jun 2, 2014 12:30 PM

    Talented, but at some point you have to say that three strikes is enough.

  6. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 2, 2014 12:31 PM

    While I think weed should be legal, I fail to understand why these guys continue to smoke at a time where they could be making millions?

  7. arwiv says: Jun 2, 2014 12:31 PM

    A classic case of cutting off your nose to spite your face. Reese is an idiot for giving into the pressure. The stupid kid smoked weed he didn’t rape anybody. Just plain assinine.

    Now some other team is going to cash in….this guy is easily a top 5-10 safety in the league.

  8. tyler4richardson says: Jun 2, 2014 12:32 PM

    You gotta be hanging out in the back of Snoop Dogg’s Caddy in order for you to fail a drug test via 2nd hand smoke.

  9. ninerboi says: Jun 2, 2014 12:33 PM

    Second hand smoke? lol….Drew Brees wants a (better) explanation

  10. jghs38 says: Jun 2, 2014 12:33 PM

    Can’t blame anyone but yourself.

  11. abanig says: Jun 2, 2014 12:35 PM

    Come to Washington! We give every one second and third chances after PED issues, off the field issues and violating the substance abuse rules.

    He’ll fit in real well with Tanard Jackson!

  12. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 2, 2014 12:35 PM

    Was he just waived, or is he also facing criminal charges?

    – John Harbaugh

  13. rrhoe says: Jun 2, 2014 12:35 PM

    Way to go Giants,this is what all teams need to start doing. Too many good players are blowing their careers up in smoke,throwing away millions of dollars in the process. I know most people look at weed as harmless but the NFL rules just doesn’t allow for it to be used.

  14. kneelbeforesod says: Jun 2, 2014 12:37 PM

    That’s the end of your looney tune, Drugs Bunny!

  15. ariani1985 says: Jun 2, 2014 12:40 PM

    Here comes the Packers to scoop him up.

  16. arwiv says: Jun 2, 2014 12:40 PM

    This guy will be playing somewhere the week after his suspension ends.

  17. bassplucker says: Jun 2, 2014 12:44 PM

    Bears need to get all over this. Even after FA and the draft, they are still at least one legit player short at safety.

  18. Kaz says: Jun 2, 2014 12:44 PM

    Josh Gordon wonders what all the fuss is about.

  19. syrnyg says: Jun 2, 2014 12:49 PM

    It’s a shame he was rated as the 2nd best safety according to pro football focus. There comes a time when enough is enough. The uncertainty of Will Hill is no longer worth the talent. Obviously the giants gambled that he would mature, and he just cost himself millions. I am sure he will get another shot, he will be a cheap talented player. He needed to be released to get the point across, I hope he gets the message.

  20. trollhammer20 says: Jun 2, 2014 12:50 PM

    Perhaps the fact he didn’t really accept responsibility for it and tried the “but it was secondhand smoke” approach that was the final straw.

  21. roadtrip3500 says: Jun 2, 2014 12:51 PM

    Regardless of how the public feels about marijuana and where it is/isn’t legal, if you’re under contract to an NFL team, you can’t do it – it’s in black and white. And if you’re a free agent expecting to sign with a team, you shouldn’t do it so that the first test once you sign doesn’t come up positive.

    Between PEDs and substance abuse, Will Hill is hurting the team with annual suspensions. It’s the right decision to send him packing.

  22. mwatts1 says: Jun 2, 2014 12:52 PM

    Total fail on Will’s part. I’m sure he’s blaming the team for his failure. If you fail drug test 3 years in a row, that’s a pattern. We’ll never hear his name again. Goodbye Will!

  23. joetoronto says: Jun 2, 2014 12:55 PM

    Hats off to the Giants for cutting this idiot, that takes class.

    Jim Harbaugh should take note.

  24. schmokes says: Jun 2, 2014 12:57 PM

    Now it’s time for the Seahawks to swoop in and grab him. They love their PED users over there.

  25. sbchampsagain says: Jun 2, 2014 1:00 PM

    Second hand smoke!
    After it came out of a 3 foot Cheech and Chong bong.

  26. jayblack073 says: Jun 2, 2014 1:05 PM

    This just in folks: Weed is now a PED according to schmokes. But we do love our potheads is Seattle, so yeah come on over, Will, we don’t need you right now anyway. Wanna ring?

  27. nard100 says: Jun 2, 2014 1:06 PM

    I love how some are saying the Gmen made a mistake. This guy has had chances and he keeps screwing them up. If you pick up this guy, you’ll be without him at a critical time because he just doesn’t get it.

  28. icup89 says: Jun 2, 2014 1:07 PM

    Just give him pain pills, tordal shots, and booze to deal as that is apparently how the NFL wants it done.

  29. cwk22 says: Jun 2, 2014 1:09 PM

    Same thing I told my son when he was arrested for failing a drug test. “It’s illegal! You know the rules, yet you smoked it anyway. So stop complaining that it got you arrested”

  30. kinggator says: Jun 2, 2014 1:17 PM

    He’s had more chances than he has kids, and he’s got a lot of kids … not Antonio Cromartie #’s; but a bunch. Quit smoking weed, riding w/dudes who smoke weed and buy a box of Trojans. Hello Arena Football League!

  31. r8rsfan says: Jun 2, 2014 1:18 PM

    Time to find Jesus. Isn’t that what all “rehabilitated” drug users do?

  32. hotfire6388 says: Jun 2, 2014 1:19 PM

    but what about his alleged “gang ties?”

  33. thirtyrackdash says: Jun 2, 2014 1:25 PM

    Welcome to New England Will. One look from BB and he’ll be on the straight and narrow.

  34. jermainewiggins says: Jun 2, 2014 1:26 PM

    But it wasnt his fault it was secondhand smoke lol

  35. nyfootballgiants says: Jun 2, 2014 1:31 PM

    Look, if tomorrow the NFL and NFLPA collectively bargain that Milk is going to be tested for, and anyone who drinks milk and tests positive for it is subject to penalties – up to and including suspension – most players would quick drinking milk.

    It’s irrelevant if you think that pot (or milk) shouldn’t be illegal. It’s in the collective bargaining agreement (well milk isn’t – but you get my point) – and isn’t a surprise that it is there.

    To continue to use something that you know you will be tested for and disciplined if caught is the height of stupidity.

    If players want to smoke – they then have to realize that there are consequences to being stupid….

  36. aciraci says: Jun 2, 2014 1:32 PM

    I love the kid’s talent, but let’s not pretend they just cut Ronnie Lott.

    He may have a better chance of cleaning up his act in a smaller market or a place where he can get away from his BOYZ in N.J.

    In any case, the more time you waste trying to babysit a case like this, the less time you and your defensive leaders have to focus on getting the job done.

    In short, it sucks to lose the talent but it’s addition by subtraction.

    Besides roster spot in the dbackfield, bring back Terrell Thomas. He’s a leader, and he came back and played well at CB, he can play even better at Safety.

  37. kev86 says: Jun 2, 2014 1:34 PM

    What a shame. Waste of talent. Go Giants!

  38. motsuret06 says: Jun 2, 2014 1:37 PM

    This guy is in love with the wacky weed and its best for all NFL clubs to steer clear of this loser. Second hand wacky weed smoke?????? Give me a break. The Giants had heard and seen enough. Good riddance.

  39. dublindemonszfl says: Jun 2, 2014 1:39 PM

    More players need to be released for being a superior dumbass. Quality moved Giants, All teams including the Vikings should do more of this as well.

  40. 3yardsndust says: Jun 2, 2014 1:39 PM

    The league should get rid of marijuana testing and punishment. We are on the path to legalization, and common sense tells us that smoking it does not enhance performance. Why not lead for once, Goodell?

  41. RexCanCoach says: Jun 2, 2014 1:43 PM

    NYG told him a year ago the only chance you have to be an NFL player is to stay clean. NYG gave him his final chance – now the rest of the NFL should ignore this guy and say loudly to all the kids who play football in school that enough is enough – you can’t keep breaking the rules and play in this league.

  42. stoicpaisano says: Jun 2, 2014 1:46 PM


  43. justintuckrule says: Jun 2, 2014 1:49 PM

    Dumb. My team sacrificed winning for being the “nose-clean”, “no-nonsense” team in the NFL. That ship sailed when we gave L.T. a lifetime pass of screw ups. Hill was cheap, a blossoming probowler and the only safety on our roster who we control beyond 2014. Every once in awhile, I just wish my team would be more like the 9ers. Win first, worry about this dumb crap second.

  44. pats4win says: Jun 2, 2014 1:51 PM

    Everyone who is trying to defend him by saying he’s a playmaker, top 10 etc etc – what good is his potential if he cant get on the field?

    He’s facing a 6 game suspension and has show a propensity for making bad decisions. Why take chances and build the back half of your defense with a player who is never on the field?

    In this case, the Giants made the right decision.

  45. Asian Reporter Tricia Takanawa says: Jun 2, 2014 1:55 PM

    Personally, when players get in trouble for this kind of thing, and end up getting cut, I dont believe teams care that they use it on their free time. I think what really pisses off the team is the fact that the player has proven to be selfish and unreliable.

  46. richie078 says: Jun 2, 2014 1:58 PM

    Can the Giants resign him at Week 6?

    If the Giants *don’t* cut him, then they effectively are stuck with a 52 man roster for nearly a third of the season, because they can’t put him on the temporary IR and they cannot PUP him. The only solution is cut now, and resign at week 6, or else suffer the handicap of a truncated roster.

  47. petezjunior says: Jun 2, 2014 2:15 PM

    He must be #sour.

  48. Kaz says: Jun 2, 2014 2:29 PM

    I don’t understand why they can’t wait 10 years. They can smoke all the weed they want for the rest of their retired life at the age of 35 with millions to blow from a “long” nfl career. If they can just make it to 35.

  49. crenshawpete714 says: Jun 2, 2014 3:12 PM

    As a die hard Giants fan, this is why we should have drafted Clinton Dix. Rolle is entering his contract year and Stevie Brown, coming off an ACL tear and only boasting one impressive season thus far, is a huge question mark. What could have been one of the best safety tandems of 2014 could end up being a huge weakness in an otherwise promising defense in years to come. Just goes to show you how ephemeral success is in the NFL.

  50. DonRSD says: Jun 2, 2014 4:46 PM

    Giants released Kenny Philips too and people said we were dumb.
    APB on Kenny Philips lol.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  51. datageek94 says: Jun 2, 2014 5:03 PM

    “Welcome to New England Will. One look from BB and he’ll be on the straight and narrow.”

    It sure worked for Aaron Hernandez!! LOL

  52. elimanningup says: Jun 2, 2014 5:32 PM

    This move is beyond stupid.

    Will Hill, an All-Pro caliber safety, had a $570k salary this season and was going to be paid just $356k in the final 10 games after serving his 6 game suspension.

    The guy was getting paid peanuts…to perform at a Pro-Bowl/All-Pro level at the safety position. He was probably the most underpaid player in the NFL in terms of performance relative to salary.

  53. seahawkswilson says: Jun 2, 2014 6:05 PM

    Santa Clara here I come ! #abovereproach

  54. andreboy1 says: Jun 2, 2014 6:30 PM


    The Giants have LOWER expectations but higher standards than the 49ers.

    This league is about winning at all costs and nothing else.

    Iron Sharpens Iron

  55. getyourownname says: Jun 2, 2014 6:36 PM

    “We are only interested in people who can get on the field.”

    Mike Tomlin

  56. bigblu73 says: Jun 2, 2014 6:38 PM

    As much as I hate to see the talent gone, it was the right thing to do!

  57. bmadormo says: Jun 2, 2014 6:45 PM

    Hill is a really good player- giants gave this guy multiple chances. Enough Is enough – he will turn up elsewhere and probably do well- but giants did the right thing.

  58. bmadormo says: Jun 2, 2014 6:45 PM

    Hill is a really good player- giants gave this guy multiple chances. Enough Is enough – he will turn up elsewhere and probably do well- but giants did the right thing.

  59. computojon says: Jun 2, 2014 6:57 PM

    Jeff Fisher could keep him clean, and we definitely need an upgrade at safety. Go get him, Les Snead!

  60. papichulo55 says: Jun 2, 2014 7:30 PM

    Its more than just smoking Weed. These guys are not subjected to a totally random test. They get an informal ‘Heads Up’. So, a player must be pretty far gone to fail a test, despite being warned. Logic follows that if a player doesn’t care about passing this test, then he might also be susceptible to other vices (bribery, gambling on games, trafficking…). Under these circumstances, the League must protect itself.

    It would have very interesting to see what the League would have done if those four Felony charges were filed against Owner Irsay.

  61. kappy32 says: Jun 2, 2014 7:49 PM

    This kid had the world by it’s nuts coming out of Florida. However, he couldn’t stay out of trouble. Drugs caused him to be undrafted, they caused him to miss numerous games, and now they caused him to get released. Even if the whole second hand smoke argument is true – it has been scientifically proven that second hand weed smoke will not trip off a positive screen – as a guy with a drug problem he shouldn’t be hanging around people who are using. The dude isn’t clean, he’s just lying trying to get one over on the system.

  62. gunnybunny31 says: Jun 2, 2014 8:40 PM

    We will see him in New England Patriots uniform in 3…2…1…

  63. dkalev says: Jun 3, 2014 10:54 AM

    Great. This strikes me like a Chris Carter situation… Great player with off field issues. Gets cut. Its a wakeup call and signs on with another team and becomes a superstar cleanly. Its b.s. If he does clean up his act and play well, Giants should have dibs on him. I mean, they stood by him and helped him while he was nothing, and acted poorly. If he gets his stuff together through this wake up call and goes on to be an all star? Thats bogus… I mean, Chris Carter should be enshrined as an Eagle, considering they tried to help him, and cutting him was the only reason he ever became anything more than a Titus Young…
    And this coming from a Giants fan. If he lights it up somewhere else… I’m gonna be pissed.

  64. bkeating51 says: Jun 3, 2014 11:05 AM

    Kenny Phillips was not waived by the Giants. They offered him a contract and he made the very poor decision to sign with the Eagles instead.

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