Giants defensive back Will Hill will miss the first six games of the 2014 NFL season because of his latest drug suspension. He has told friends, however, that this one wasn’t his fault.
“He felt like he had a great chance of beating it because of the circumstances,” friend and former Giants teammate Deon Grant said, via Jordan Ranaan of NJ.com. “He said, ‘I’ll be honest with you. If it was something that I did, I would tell you I messed up. But I didn’t. It was an incident in a club where people were [smoking marijuana] and it got in my system. It’s not like how my urine was a certain kind of way before when I did do it. It’s the total opposite right now. They found something in my urine, but it’s not the same thing they found when I did make that mistake.'”
First of all, the results will be the same regardless of whether Grant was puffing the magic dragon himself or in the presence of others who were. Marijuana smoke doesn’t change characteristics based on whether someone is smoking it directly or indirectly.
Secondly, a guy who is subject to regular, unannounced testing for marijuana should never linger in any place where he detects the unmistakable fragrance of marijuana smoke, which has all the charm and spunk of hot B.O.
Finally, Ranaan points out that, when Hill was arrested in December on charges relating to child support, the officer detected “the odor of burned marijuana” in Hill’s vehicle.
Under the revamped drug policies (which still hinge on an agreement for HGH testing), the NFL would likely be able to provide enough details to obliterate Hill’s excuses. Until then, we’ll just have to rely on logic and common sense.