The New York Giants had warned that safety Will Hill was on thin ice and that one more off-field transgression would end his tenure with the team. And after being hit with a six-game suspension last week for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, they held true to their word. On the heels of his third suspension in three years, the Giants have announced that Hill has been waived.
Hill, who has a long, troubled past that includes many run-ins with the league and law over his marijuana use, had informed his friends and the team that, despite his history, his most recent positive drug test came as a result of second-hand marijuana smoke. The excuse bought him some time and even some confidence, with the Giants holding out hope that he could eventually win his appeal with the league. However, the NFL showed no mercy and subsequently hit him with a six-game ban, which was ultimately a death sentence for him with the Giants.
Still, one-time Giants safety Deon Grant, who has become close personal friends with Hill, had spoken openly about the situation late last week and hoped Big Blue would give his friend another chance.
"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."
Following his second suspension a year ago (his first for marijuana), Hill acknowledged that he was being given only one more chance with the Giants and that any further slip-ups would cost him his job.
"You definitely got to look at it as this is your last chance," Hill said last year, while displaying his brand new 'Giants' tattoo. "If I don’t, I’m liable to [mess] up again."
Still, the Giants stuck with him again through an arrest for unpaid child support — an arrest that included a report of the odor of marijuana. Through it all, Hill just couldn't stay away; couldn't stay out of trouble and now he's another in a long line of supremely talented players who just couldn't piece it all together and stay out of trouble.
Hill is required by the league to serve his six-game suspension no matter what team may end up signing him. By waiving him, the Giants save roughly $570,000 towards the 2014 salary cap.
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