On Friday the NFL announced a six-game suspension for New York Giants safety Will Hill. According to the Star-Ledger, Hill confided in friends that his latest run-in with the league’s substance abuse policy stems from second-hand marijuana smoke.
Former Giant Deon Grant claims Hill thought he had a “great chance” at beating the suspension due to the circumstances. Grant also expressed a certain amount of surprise over the situation.
“A lot of us were surprised,” close friend and former Giants teammate Deon Grant said. “It was the last thing that we thought we’d be getting from him as far as his situation. Throughout the season, when I was talking to him, I was trying to get it through to him. ‘Do you know how much you could be worth if you just get serious and get focused?’ And we were on the same page.”
Grant even considers this incident a case of poor judgment and being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“I don’t think he has an issue or problem. The truth, I’m almost 80 or 90 percent sure that he doesn’t have an issue and he’s not putting it in his system himself,” Grant said. “This situation again is something where he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
However, considering Hill’s past, any type of leniency was unlikely. He already has two violations of the NFL substance abuse policy under his belt – one for marijuana use, one for Adderall. When arrested in late 2013 on a warrant from late child support, police recorded the smell of burnt marijuana and seeing blunt guts in Hill’s vehicle. He even sat out games at the University of Florida due to marijuana use.
While Deon Grant holds out hope for his friend, he also acknowledges that the New York Giants organization has a low tolerance for knucklehead behavior.
“I hope they give him another chance. I don’t want to see him go anywhere else,” Grant said. “I like him in the Giants uniform. … But they have a slim tolerance of negative energy in that organization. I hope they can see this last incident was not really him messing up again but just picking the wrong place to be in at the wrong time.”
If the Giants do offer Hill another chance, the oft-troubled, yet extremely talented player is likely on his last straw. The franchise likes to control the front page of the paper, and leave back page tabloid fodder for New York’s other franchise.