19 Aug Representing Seattle Seahawks Linebacker Leroy Hill
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill expects to hear from the NFL now that he has been charged in Georgia with misdemeanor marijuana possession stemming from a January traffic stop.
Hours after the league suspended New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis for one game and fined him $100,000 this week following a marijuana arrest last fall, Hill had already taken notice.
Hill was recently charged by the solicitor general in Douglas County, Georgia, for misdemeanor marijuana possession. It is Hill’s first known offense, as it was for Ellis.
Hill is still waiting for his punishment from the NFL, he just doesn’t know when it will be delivered.
“When it comes, it comes,” Hill said soon after Ellis was suspended on Monday. “Hopefully, it comes soon.”
Hill is entering his fifth season as Seattle’s starter on one of the league’s more dynamic linebacking units. He’s next to three-time Pro Bowl middle man Lofa Tatupu and opposite Aaron Curry, the fourth pick in this year’s draft.
Hill, a former Atlantic Coast Conference defensive player of the year at Clemson, wants to get the punishment out of the way so he can move on with his season.
Yet it appears he will have the possibility of discipline hanging over his head throughout most of this season.
“Yes, we will review this case,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Wednesday. “Under the policy, we can take action prior to disposition in some circumstances, but typically we wait in cases such as this when it is a first offense with no aggravating circumstances.”
Hill’s attorney said Wednesday that the Seahawks can expect to lose Hill for some time during the season while he attends a trial.
“We’re contesting the charge 100 percent,” Macon, Ga.-based attorney Reza Sedghi told The AP in a telephone interview.
Sedghi was asked if that includes the charge Hill had less than an ounce of marijuana in his possession when police found him asleep at an intersection while behind the wheel of his 1975 Buick Electra in suburban Atlanta around 4 a.m. on Jan. 24. He replied, “Yeah, absolutely.”
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