Seattle Seahawks starting linebacker Leroy Hill has received 12 months of probation in Georgia after pleading guilty to a charge of marijuana possession stemming from a January 2009 traffic stop in suburban Atlanta.
Janissa Miller, a deputy clerk with the Georgia state court in Douglas County, confirmed Thursday that Hill had a morning hearing in which he agreed to complete an outpatient drug and alcohol abuse counseling program and 30 hours of community service.
Hill, who has started 61 of his 67 career games for Seattle, must also pay fines totaling $500. He is subject to random drug testing.
If he completes all the requirements in 12 months, he can petition the court to have the conviction erased from his record under the jurisdiction’s conditional-discharge program.
Hill, 27, could be subject to testing and possible discipline in the NFL’s confidential substance-abuse program.
The Douglas County sheriff’s office said last year that Hill apparently fell asleep behind the wheel at a major intersection early on a Saturday morning. Officers found less than one ounce of marijuana in the vehicle. Hill was released after posting a $1,500 bond.
Two days after the incident, Hill said he was embarrassed by “the poor judgment I showed.” He added: “Please understand my actions were not consistent with the type of person I hope to become.”
The Seahawks have since signed him to a six-year contract worth a guaranteed $15.5 million. The deal could potentially be worth $38 million.
Stallworth speaks out
At a press conference at the Baltimore Ravens practice facility, wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth talked openly about the death of Miami construction worker Mario Reyes, whom he struck and killed last March while driving under the influence of alcohol.
Stallworth pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and served 24 days in jail. He was suspended all of last season by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
“Now that I’m back playing, it’s not in the back of my mind,” Stallworth said. “It’s something I deal with every day, waking up in the morning and going to sleep at night. It’s a tough situation for everyone involved. … If I could go back and take that night over, I would. … I’m not a bad person.”
Stallworth was reinstated by Goodell on Feb. 8 and signed a one-year deal with Baltimore.
Gun in luggage brings arrest
Cleveland Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers was arrested at Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland for carrying a loaded gun in his carry-on luggage.
Rogers, who had been at the team’s suburban training facility in recent days, was stopped at a security checkpoint when officials spotted a loaded .45-caliber hand gun in his carry-on luggage, police said in a statement. He was arrested without incident and booked for carrying a concealed weapon, a third-degree felony.
No charges have been filed.
The Chicago Bears have released veteran defensive end Alex Brown, whom they tried to trade after signing Julius Peppers. … The NFL’s oldest punter – 44-year-old former Seahawk Jeff Feagles – agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Giants. The Giants also signed free-agent safety Deon Grant, who played the past three seasons with Seattle, and rescinded their tender to safety C.C. Brown. … Defensive end Reggie Hayward signed a one-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. … New York Jets punter Steve Weatherford has undergone a procedure to prevent irregular heartbeats that caused him to miss the opening-round playoff win at Cincinnati last season