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Will Hill says failed drug test came from second-hand marijuana smoke

Will-Hill-GiantsNew York Giants safety Will Hill failed another drug test last month and has been suspended for the first six games of the 2014 season. The suspension is his third in three years with the Giants, all of which were related to drugs. This time, however, Hill claims it was someone else doing drugs that made their way into his system.

One of Hill’s close friends, former Giants defensive back Deon Grant, told Jordan Raanan of The Star Ledger that Hill thought he could beat the latest positive test because it was supposedly caused by second-hand marijuana smoke.

“He felt like he had a great chance of beating it because of the circumstances,” Grant said. “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.'”

That “mistake” Grant is referring to came last year, when Hill admitted to smoking weed and was suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He was also suspended before that for using Adderall, which he later said he needs to treat his ADHD.

“A lot of us were surprised … I don’t think he has an issue or problem,” Grant added. 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. This situation again is something where he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

As Raanan noted, many studies claim second-hand smoke would not lead to a positive drug test. Plus, Hill’s track record doesn’t warrant the benefit of the doubt. Given his history, Will shouldn’t even be putting himself in a situation where he’s anywhere near people who are smoking weed.

Giants S Will Hill: Dez Bryant really doesn’t like to be touched

dez-bryantThe New York Giants appear to be in the process of rediscovering their swagger. Winners of four straight games, the G-Men can pull to within one game of the idle Philadelphia Eagles this weekend for first place in the NFC East if they defeat the Dallas Cowboys. They seem plenty confident.

On Wednesday, Giants safety Will Hill was asked what his team will do to slow Dez Bryant.

“Get your hands on him,” Hill said, via NJ.com’s Jordan Raanan. “He doesn’t like to be touched, like most receivers in this league. But really him. He doesn’t like to be touched.”

Vowing to “be physical” is one of the most cliche things a defensive back can do prior to a game, but the Giants are under the impression that it truly is the key to getting the best of Bryant.

“You just have to be physical with him,” cornerback Prince Amukamara concurred. “He’s a big guy. You just have to use his medicine against him. I think that is the key.”

A reporter pointed out that Bryant is one of the best receivers in the game when it comes to picking up yards after the catch. Hill seems to think that physicality kicks in once Dez gets the ball in his hands.

“Yeah, once he gets the ball, [he's physical],” Hill said. “He has to get in his route in order to get the ball. Just like any receiver, if you get your hands on him before they can get into their route, it’s hard to get him the ball when you disrupt their routes.”

We shall see. Earlier this week, Jason Pierre-Paul and Antrel Rolle said the Giants are out for blood against the Cowboys. On the other side, Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Ware said the G-Men are always talking and looking to “put gas on the fire.” All that really matters is what happens in New Jersey on Sunday. The fact that the Giants are in the hunt after starting 0-6 is remarkable.

Will Hill: Some players need Adderall or there will be problems

Adderall has been a controversial subject matter in the NFL because some players have been allowed to use it, while others have been suspended under the league’s drug policy for using it. New York Giants safety Will Hill returned to the team this week after serving a four-game suspension for using Adderall to treat his ADHD, and he has some strong thoughts on the matter.

“It is a medical condition and people do take it for medical (purposes),” Hill said, per Newsday. “I know there are other people who do take it for like, to be up, to have fun, things like that, but some people really need to take it because if they don’t take it, then what? There’s going to be problems. People are going to be agitated and things are going to go on. There’ll be people like me, I can’t take it no more.”

Hill says he began taking Adderall after being prescribed it earlier this year to treat his ADHD. Hill went undrafted out of Florida last year, but he was signed by the Giants in May. He says he didn’t find out until the rookie symposium that Adderall is a banned substance, and he knew he was in trouble because he had already taken a drug test.

The league allows players to use Adderall as long as they apply for a therapeutic usage exemption. Giants running back Andre Brown has such an exemption, while another Giants player, safety Tyler Sash, served a four-game suspension earlier this season after testing positive for Adderall. He did not have an exemption.

Hill says he is applying for an exemption, so it looks like he is handling matters. He just happened to have some rotten luck when it came to his suspension.