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Hawks’ Hill suspended 1 game by NFL

Post by Darrin Beene / The News Tribune on July 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm with 14 Comments »
July 16, 2010 5:51 pm

From the Associated Press:

Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill will miss the season opener after being suspended by the NFL.

Hill’s suspension without pay was announced by the league today. His punishment also includes missing an additional game check for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Hill can participate in all preseason practices and games. His suspension begins on Sept. 4 and will be eligible to return Sept. 13 following the Seahawks’ opener against San Francisco.

Hill was arrested in January 2009 in Georgia for misdemeanor marijuana possession. He received 12 months probation through a plea agreement. Hill was also arrested in April for investigation of domestic violence. He has pleaded not guilty and has a July 23 jury call.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    So, he’ll serve a one game suspension and lose 2 game checks? I’m a bit surprised the suspension has been levied before adjudication. If the charges are dismissed altogether, I’d still expect punishment from the league, but prior to seems odd to me. I guess it could be much worse.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Re-reading this, I’m confused. The suspension for the marijuana possession. This could be written a bit more clearly, with due respect.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81928c69/article/nfl-puts-onegame-ban-on-seahawks-hill-who-faces-court-date

  3. They could have suspended him all 16 and I wouldn’t have minded.

  4. chuck_easton says:

    Given the love of the almighty paycheck that NFL players seem to have I can just hear Leroy now…

    “Ok, make me miss the first game and keep my gamecheck. That I can live with. But MAKE me play that second game but don’t pay me? That’s just cruel and unusual punishment.”

    What’s the odd’s Hill has some ‘injury’ that causes him to have to miss that second game as well so he doesn’t have to play with no pay?

  5. I thought he’d get 2-4 games (most likely 4) with his past and what not.

    His value to the team or his value via trade takes a leap with this announcement of only having to miss 1 game.

  6. This was just for his pot use. He still might have suspensions for the Domestic Violence trail…

  7. Sorry, hit the submit button too quick.
    Didn’t he get a suspension last year for the pot?
    Maybe this is a result of the DV trial

    Way too early…need coffee

  8. Dukeshire says:

    No, he played against the Rams in week 1 last year. (He suffered a groin injury that benched him for 8 weeks, as a result.) This punishment (1 game, 2 game checks) is for violating the league’s substance abuse policy only. He’s sure to face further punishment from the league for violating the personal conduct policy, regardless how the DV case plays out.

  9. Seems to me the real issue is what the DV case does to his Georgia probation.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    Here’s a place you don’t hear an NFL coach often, let alone a Seahawk; Pete Carroll was on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me this morning. My girlfriend was running some errands and caught it today, so I got to give her props for the heads up. It’s a pretty fun interview in a really unusual setting. Say what you will about him, but Carroll is a really engaging guy. Enjoy (it’s the forth link down)…

    http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=35

  11. Dukeshire says:

    …or fourth…

  12. ruminator1 says:

    from a Bills blog:
    It’s a possibility that Roger Goodell suspended him one game for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy and is now waiting for the legal process to work itself out before issuing another suspension. It would be shocking if Hill weren’t suspended for more games than one, seeing as how he has had multiple off-field infractions.

    Of course, another suspension should be the least of Hill’s concerns. The Seahawks have kept him out of offseason practices in order to avoid an injury that would guarantee him his $6 million base salary. Now that he’s been suspended, his contract can be voided.

    It’s becoming increasingly clear that Hill isn’t part of the Seahawks’ long-term plans, so maybe the team will try to trade him if they can find a suitor. But chances are they won’t, which means an outright release is a major possibility. Either way, he doesn’t seem long for Seattle.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    “Now that he’s been suspended, his contract can be voided.” This is not quite true. There is a provision in his contract that prevents this year’s guaranteed money ($6 million) from being voided if he were to be suspended as a result of the Georgia arrest. He didn’t sign this new deal until after the pot arrest, as I’m sure you remember, and his agent was smart enough to include that.

    And it isn’t a “possibility” he was suspended for violating the league’s SAP, that’s actually what happened. It’s reality.

    That Bill’s fan does not quite have all the correct information working for him here.

  14. ruminator1 says:

    i think the thrust of the first comment was not the issue of suspension for violating but the waiting for additional penalties after the domestic issues are legally resolved.

    i have not read his contract, but what you say makes sense.

    i sent that post really because of the last paragraph, but if the bill’s fan is wrong about the option to void the contract, maybe he is wrong on the whole issue. however, i do recall reading in several places that
    “The Seahawks have kept him out of offseason practices in order to avoid an injury that would guarantee him his $6 million base salary”
    and it does make sense to me that Goodell may come with more suspension.
    to further clarify this dukeshire, what do you think about the attitude the hawks have about Hill? is he “long for this organization?”

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