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Report: Leroy Hill arrested for domestic violence

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 30, 2013 at 7:52 am with 30 Comments »
January 30, 2013 7:52 am

This is not the kind of news you want to wake up to if you’re Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll or general manager John Schneider.

According to Mike Ferreri of KOMO TV news, Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill was arrested on domestic violence charges in Issaquah. Hill has not been formally charged, according to the Washington State Patrol.

If the report is true, Hill’s latest brush with the law continues a troubling trend. The 30-year-old was arrested in his Atlanta condo for Marijuana possession on February 25 of 2012, but those charges were later dismissed after a urine test came back negative, clearing his name.

Hill received a sentence of 12 months probation for misdemeanor drug possession for a Jan. 24, 2009 incident in which he was found asleep at the wheel by police in suburban Atlanta with marijuana in his car.

Hill also was arrested in April 2010 at his home in Issaquah on a misdemeanor count of fourth degree assault/domestic violence for an incident involving his live-in girlfriend at the time.

Hill avoided trial and a settlement was reached in the domestic dispute, with charges dismissed if he complied with stipulations handed down by the Issaquah Municipal Court.

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  1. FleaFlicker says:

    See ya, Leroy.

  2. banosser says:

    I see.. an OLB drafted by the Hawks near future..

  3. Dukeshire says:

    While that might be true, Smith played well there this season. In fact, I thought he was better than Hill, for the most part.

  4. RDPoulsbo says:

    I don’t think Leroy was coming back anyway with the emergence of Sherman Smith, so it doesn’t really matter one way or another.

    That said, it’s hard to come to quick conclusions about DV arrests. It could be a neighbor calling it in while they were loudly arguing for all we know. Someone almost always gets arrested in these cases even if there’s no probable cause and it’s usually the guy. He won’t be back anyway, but just saying you shouldn’t rush to judgment in these cases.

  5. I agree RD. I dont think he was coming back, and if so, not as a starter. I have sided with Hill in the past, but i can’t believe that he didn’t do anything this time. I can understand a misunderstanding once, maybe twice, but every offseason it is something with him. Either DV or weed or something. no way this guy is innocent…that would just be the worst luck in the world, and i dont see it. Dude can’t stay on the straight and narrow.

  6. Southendzone says:

    Darn Leroy, this pattern is so predictable, isn’t it always just after the football season is over? I wonder if it’s the same girlfriend from the prior incident.

  7. tchristensen says:

    Sherman Smith? Maybe you meant Malsolm Smith.

  8. Malsolm Smith? Maybe you meant Malcolm Smith.

  9. Sherman was bulit like a tank.. he could play @ linbacker. But I agree it`s Malcom Smith….bahaha

  10. RDPoulsbo says:

    Yeah…didn’t mean the RB Coach. Too many Smiths to keep track of.

    I’m not going to jump to conclusions about DV issues, but it’s been long established that Leroy is an idiot. He’s lost millions for stuff like this going into a FA on multiple occasions. Not getting arrested is not a high bar to clear even if he’s not guilty. Whatever, he wasn’t coming back even before this incident.

  11. rramstad says:

    In previous seasons this would be more of an issue for the Seahawks, but I agree with other posters, it may just be the right next step to let him walk. Alternatively he just cost himself a lot of money, he can probably be re-signed to a short deal, one or two years, at something close to the veteran minimum plus a signing bonus. He’d be a decent backup and might be worth resigning just for camp and in case we don’t find some younger guys worth keeping.

    I see both sides on earlier comments. Obviously where there’s smoke there’s fire and he’s had more than his fair share of incidents. Conversely it’s entirely possible that he smokes some weed, gets a little relaxed and silly, ends up being loud, and neighbors call the cops… also possible that given he’s a big dude, if there’s an argument and he seems upset, making big physical gestures, that his girlfriend wisely thinks to call the cops right away before things get out of hand. In Washington state, it’s common for someone, almost always the man, to be taken away for a night on any sort of domestic argument call.

    You’d think the guy would learn, though…

  12. Another football player thinking he can get away with anything. I think the Hawks need to drop Hill and let’s change the linebacker corp! There are people deserving out there that will not be such a headache. Hill is a troublemaker and has been nothing but issues. He might be a decent player…but sure isn’t a role model. The last thing this team needs is someone who put the Seahawks in a negative spotlight.

  13. chuck_easton says:

    While I do not want to jump to any conclusions here, the legal rule in criminal law being innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, I do have to say that Leroy has to have the worst possible timing for brushes with the law.

    How many times can one guy go incident free for several years only to have something happen right when he is up for a new contract?

    So, assuming this is a case of the police just being extra cautious and there are no charges either because the girlfriend doesn’t want to press them or the evidence doesn’t support a charge, what happens to Leroy?

    His chances of coming back to Seattle were not a sure bet. His track record isn’t going to have GM’s beating down his door with offers of any long term deals and big money/signing bonuses.

    Leroy once again has put himself in the 1 year deal, veteran minimum, incentive laden, with specific out clauses for any violations type of deal.

    I kind of feel bad for the guy as he has always given his all on the field for my team. Not so bad that I am willing to deny everything even in the face of proof ala Saints fans and the Bounty thing.

    Just have to say, most of us do not know Hill as a person. I don’t think any of the writers have ever had anything negative to say about his attitude or his locker room presence.

    Witholding judgment until further details and facts come out.

  14. CDHawkFan says:

    I think people didn’t expect Hill to be on the team after his last 2 brushes with the law, but eventually they signed him back.

    Thinking that because this happens so early in the off season that most is forgotten and half the guys saying ‘see ya’ today will be saying ‘great depth signing’ in a few months.

  15. SeventiesHawksFan says:

    Fourth degree assault can be for not even physically touching someone. And anyone can dial 911 and make any claim they want to, and the police will probably arrest you.

    A few years friend of mine never was arrested at all, but his girlfriend decided to call 911 a few days after a fight. She claimed he physically threatened her and pushed her out of his way at one point. All of it was bogus and in retaliation for him simply wanting to end the relationship entirely.

    Long story short, he received a letter in the mail a few weeks later informing him he would be charged with 4th Degree DV.

    The charges eventually were dismissed. But not until he hired a lawyer and had to endure the whole process.

    In this case, with charges not even filed yet, I’d be hesitant to jump to any conclusions.

  16. Bad, Bad Leroy Hill. Baddest hawk on the whole darned roster.

  17. chuck_easton says:

    My expertise and focus is not in criminal law anymore. I was a Crown Prosecutor for 3 years and a cop for 5 years so I know where this can go. As a police officer you don’t want to go to a DV call and do nothing on the chance that you leave and something worse happens. Next thing you know you are seeing your name on the news that offices BOB didn’t do anything when he had the chance and now we have a tragedy. Because of that most police departments have a policy that someone is leaving in bracelets on every DV call.

    In SFPD our unofficial line was ‘arrest everybody and let god sort it out’.

    I specialize in custody and access for parents that are separated. I can’t say how many times we see the DV claim used to try and deny parenting to one of the parties. Easy claim. ‘My spouse hit me in front of the kids…’ now spouse has no time with the kids until the matter is settled in court. Sad really.

  18. The making of a false complaint is very common in these situations and as indicated above sadly used for collateral reasons. In a significant % of these cases the complainant recants the complaint but is faced with little to no consequence for making of false complaint. Somehow the system accepts this as being alright.

    Meanwhile it is frequently an aggrieved male partner that gets hauled away on a baseless complaint and subjected to a non-contact order when none is justified.

    Leroy sadly has a track record of allegations of this behaviour so it isn’t a stretch to to imagine there may be some substance to the complaint. His choices have consistently been bad every offseason for the past few years. He’s cost himself a lot of money by stupid decisions, poor friends or unfortunate circumstances.

  19. Brentlyr says:

    That ought to about do it.

  20. bird_spit says:

    It was time to part ways with Hill anyway. Now hawks have an incentive to part with him (again). Sad for one of the hardest hitting LBs of his day. The rookie season was incredible. Age, injury, and legal.. Time to say good bye.

  21. Assuming Tru doesn’t make it back, say goodbye to the last of the players from the SuperBowl team.

  22. WiscCory says:

    LeRoy may be able to squeeze out a couple more years with Oakland, Dallas, or Cinci. They seem to be open to habitual offenders, based on players like CedBen and Pacman Jones…

    I agree that Malcolm Smith looked promising this season – espcially the Chicago game. Another LB to add position depth and bolster ST is a must, tho.

  23. DV is a big deal to me. Innocent until guilty is for the courts, and Im neither a lawyer, a judge, nor a jury member. Considering his history, I’d say its a longshot that he’s innocent.

    I hope Malcolm Smith can improve. He looked pretty good this year.

  24. Innocent until PROVEN guilty…

  25. We know that for this season that PC and Bradley thought Hill was a better LB than Smith – they 100% started Hill in front (when healthy) For all we know – they are now looking at being able to bring him back at the same $ or a little lower.

    I am going to wait until the courts and the NFL have spoken as to penalties/etc. before I say he isn’t coming back. Even if he is back we know he will be competing with younger guys for his position – nature of the beast!

  26. djbargelt says:

    Cant abide a woman beater on the team. Repeat offender. Bye Bye !!

  27. “I specialize in custody and access for parents that are separated. I can’t say how many times we see the DV claim used to try and deny parenting to one of the parties. Easy claim. ‘My spouse hit me in front of the kids…’ now spouse has no time with the kids until the matter is settled in court. Sad really.”

    It’s a good point to remember. I was a public defender for 5 years, and DV cases were basically the most depressing ones I had to defend, but that said, there were definitely times when gf’s would use the threat of a DV call (esp if the guy was on probation for something), as leverage for lots of other things.

    Still, I agree w/the general sentiment on here, bad timing for Hill, and he’s got a past, probably done playing for the Hawks.

  28. xcman–I dont know that they think Hill was better, but moving into the playoffs, just as they benched Lane for making mental errors, and went with the less athletic but veteran Trufant, so they went with the cagey vet Hill.

    With a training camp as the starter with no Hill, I think Smith and Morgan will be ready to go next year, and by the playoffs (which I sincerely hope we enter with a bye and homefield) they will be the cagey vets.

  29. djbargelt – woman beater! hey take it easy, we don’t even know what the
    allegations are never mind if he is guilty or not.

  30. OOPS – I guess we do know what the allegations are now. Sounds bad for Hill.

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