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Giants’ Will Hill Has Told Friends He Failed Test Due to Second-Hand Marijuana Smoke: Report

May 31st, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

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.


Tags: Antrel Rolle, Deon Grant, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Stevie Brown, Will Hill

5 Responses to “Giants’ Will Hill Has Told Friends He Failed Test Due to Second-Hand Marijuana Smoke: Report”

  1.  Dirt says:

    With a future income stream much higher than the average citizen so lonag as you don’t fvk it up, maybe stick to the clubs that don’t have the need to carry a gun in your sweatpants or wear a respirator to avoid the marijuana smoke?

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    This whole thing is absurd.

    First of all, how hypocritical is it of the league and the team (yeah, yeah, I fully understand that the drug protocols are the result of collective bargaining with the NFLPA) that they suspend, or in the case of the Giants possibly cut, Hill when everyone knows that a significant number of players are getting “enhanced” by one means or another (largely undetectable) so they can survive the rigors of a typical season?

    Second, how many of us make sure we stay out of places where you just might wind up with second-hand smoke (tobacco or otherwise) in your blood? Sure, Hill should be more careful about that given his situation, but he’s a kid and kids don’t think particularly well. Recent studies show clearly that the “judgment” parts of the brain don’t fully develop in most people until they are 25-30 years old. Thus the stupidities of youth.

    Third, how many of these guys who get caught expect us to believe these stories? They’re almost all of “the dog ate my homework” variety and veracity.

    Well, I’m going to assume Will Hill smoked some dope, that he was behaving irresponsibly given his situation, and that that he’s another relatively dumb kid (who also carries the burden of a really screwed up childhood so has to slowly learn to be a responsible adult and gain some adult judgment). That would never induce me to cut the kid loose (where he will wind up being a force on another team that isn’t as rigid as the Giants and probably come back to haunt us after we showed the world that given a chance this kid is a potentially GREAT player). Look at what the Cowboys did with Dez Bryant: assigned two “caddies” to stick with him until he, himself, started to “get” it. Now he’s headed toward being one of the dominant players in the NFL.

    I’m not advocating signing Hill to a long-term contract….yet. I’d like to see him prove himself for a year or two, and even then would make sure that any long-term deal has outs if his off-field behavior results in suspensions. But I’d try and help this guy get his head right so he can have a great future and change the course of his life, and at the same time get the enormous benefit of his play. It sounds like they’re leaning toward cutting him. That would be a demonstration of poor judgment resulting from rigidity, frustration and the age of the decision-makers (who don’t understand the environment these kids exist within). Even if Hill was just a good role player I’d definitely keep him (while warning him that he’s out of additional chances). But he is FAR more than that. It’s like we reached into the UDFA market and pulled out Kenny Phillips (with sound knees and some maturity issues). Help him mature while he helps you win.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Dan, you going to get this season’s schedule up soon?

  4.  BBWC says:

    Second-hand…..hmm….The blunt went from his friends hand to his hand (hence the second hand) and then to his mouth accidently, no doubt about it. That sounds reasonable, I say we give him another chance.

  5.  BillyS says:

    This kid is just stupid and anyone who believes his story is also stupid. He smoked pot again, he got caught again, and he’s trying to wiggle out of punishment…again. This kid has a chance to make MILLIONS of dollars and be set for life, but he’s throwing it all away over some pot. It better be million dollar pot because that’s how much he’s essentially paying for it…

    How hard is it to not smoke and tell your buddies something like “don’t bring that stuff around when I’m with you”?

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