It was announced earlier in the offseason that New York Giants safety Will Hill has been suspended for the first four games of the 2013-14 regular season as a repeat offender of the league’s substance abuse policy.
While Hill could have sat back and kept the reason for his suspension out of the headlines, he decided to speak up during camp and provide a little insight on why he will be on the sidelines to start the year.
For Hill, the marijuana smoking was a coping mechanism for all of the pressure that he was facing back at home.
“It’s from family members, everyone reaching their hand out thinking I’m an ATM, and people who think you owe them something,” Hill said, via Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger. “It was just a situation where I was visiting back to my hometown and a guy pulled a shotgun on me right then and wanted money. How do you deal with those situations? I really can’t so I dealt with it the best way I knew how.”
Hill has been a mess off the field since his time with the Florida Gators, but it is good to see him stepping up and taking responsibility for his actions.
It is hard to imagine what these guys go through on a daily basis, so it is hard to be tough on them for dealing with their problems the way that they see fit, but it is important that they understand the consequences.
Hill is facing those now, so hopefully this will be his wake up call because he is skating on thin ice.