When the NFL suspends a player, the league policy is to keep the reason for the suspension confidential. However, if the suspended player wants to tell everyone why he got suspended, he's free to do so and that's what New York Giants safety Will Hill did on Sunday.
Hill has been suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, a suspension that Hill says stems from several failed marijuana tests.
The positive marijuana tests happened in 2012, but the suspension didn't happen until this season because the Giants had been fighting the results.
Hill says that stress -- and having a shotgun pulled on him -- is what caused him to smoke marijuana.
"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 after practice on Sunday. "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 said the Giants have been helpful with him, including letting him miss several practices in April so he could check-in to a treatment program.
"The Giants helped me out a lot," Hill said. "I wasn't here for the spring practices and stuff. I was in Boston at this clinic and they were giving me help there and I've been going to an outpatient (facility) in Parsippany, so I met a lot of people there, a lot of friends. A couple therapists that are on my team have helped me out with situations like that."
Hill said he was in the treatment program for 'about a month.'
Despite the suspension, Hill is still allowed to participate in all preseason practices and games, he'll be eligible to return to the team on Monday, Sept. 30.