On Friday, the New York Giants announced that safety Will Hill had lost his appeal with the NFL and was suspended six-games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy — his second such suspension and third overall.
With the smoke (no pun intended) of that announcement now clearing, a report has surfaced suggesting Hill has told many of his friends that the positive test came as a result of second-hand marijuana smoke. And as far-fetched as that appears to be on the surface given Hill's past, there may be something to it given the Giants' recent optimism that the troubled safety could have won his appeal. Add to that those who truly believe Hill's story, including former Giants safety Deon Grant, and it would appear he's being given the benefit of the doubt.
"He felt like he had a great chance of beating it because of the circumstances," Hill's close friend Grant told The Star-Ledger. "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.'"
Despite what Hill has told Grant and others, the league does not disclose specific details on failed tests and there's really no way of knowing the results of Hill's test. Moreover, there's very little evidence floating around that would support Hill's explanation of second-hand marijuana smoke triggering the failed test, although it's not something that's completely outside the realm of possibility.
That being said, Hill has previously admitted to smoking marijuana and even received treatment for it, indicting a more serious problem — a problem Grant doesn't feel he has.
"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 added. "This situation again is something where he was in the wrong place at the wrong time."
"I hope they give him another chance. I don't want to see him go anywhere else. 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."
While Hill has positive influences like Grant, Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown in his corner, the Giants made it very clear that this was his last chance. And whether he actually smoked the marijuana or not, the league showed no sympathy and the Giants likely won't either.
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