Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

25 Jan 2009

Leroy Hill Arrested On Drug Charges

Just one month before becoming an unrestricted free agent, and coming off perhaps his worst season, Seahawks outside linebacker Leroy Hill was arrested in Atlanta Saturday morning and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. Hill was found by police passed out in his car. That's not the appalling part of the story. The appalling part: The car in question was a 1975 Buick Electra -- and its brake light was out. Hill was also cited for the faulty light.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 25 Jan 2009

23 comments, Last at 27 Jan 2009, 10:10pm by Jimmy Oz


by Gihyou (not verified) :: Sun, 01/25/2009 - 4:04am

I know he's still on his rookie contract...but a '75 Buick Electra? Seriously? What is he doing, spending all his money on weed?

by olk;lk;3lk;l (not verified) :: Sun, 01/25/2009 - 4:11am

im glad i live in canada where you would never be arrested just for havin a bit of weed on you. under a half ounce and youre ok.

by Danish Denver-Fan :: Sun, 01/25/2009 - 11:32am

Yep - In Denmark you only have to "be able to make it likely" that it's for yur own use. Yes. And, just like in Pulp Fiction, the cops aren't allowed to search you. Allthough a new liberal government has made it legal for cops to, without warning, search you in certain parts of major cities - an outrage!

by Ben Stuplisberger :: Sun, 01/25/2009 - 4:15am

I disagree, the best part of the story was the Electra.


by sippican (not verified) :: Sun, 01/25/2009 - 9:43am

You guys are too young.

That car has a bit of ghetto chic attached to it. The term "hoopty" for a car comes from a rap song about an old Buick Electra. It's up there in the pantheon of cars in songs with Little Deuce Coupe, 409, and Rocket 88. Leroy's not broke, he's stylin'.

That car is huge. It's almost twenty feet long. My uncles all used to drive them back then. A few years before that, Buick made one of those badboys as a two door I remember pretty well. The doors seemed like they were five feet across. The trunk lid was like a parking lot.

Those cars has a huge motor in them. That was before emissions and so forth. The cars weighed as much as a tank, but if you mashed the accelerator, they'd get going pretty good. If you turned the wheel, though, you were done for.

by BucNasty :: Sun, 01/25/2009 - 10:55am

Agreed. Looking at the picture, I thought it was pretty stylish. Any word on how big his rims are? And do they spin?

by Joe T. (not verified) :: Sun, 01/25/2009 - 11:47am

From Wiki:

"The 1975 Electra was also the largest Buick ever built at 233.4 inches (5,928 mm), which is over 19 feet (6 m)."

The largest Buick ever built, and in the mid-70s at that when gas prices were through the landau top.

For comparison, the quintessential American pimp-mobile, the 64 Impala, was only 17.5 feet long.

by Theo :: Sun, 01/25/2009 - 12:11pm

Here in the Netherlands you can walk into a coffee shop and... who am I kidding here? You already know.

by galactic_dev :: Sun, 01/25/2009 - 2:05pm

Sure, we know, but it's always nice to hear about a part of the world that is actually free. Here in the US we just like to wank ourselves to our ideas of freedom while imprisoning more of our own population than any country in the world, with many of those prisoners guilty only of drugging themselves.

by jimbohead :: Sun, 01/25/2009 - 4:33pm

*sigh* I miss the old "no politics" warning on every thread. Revel in the nuttery of the situation, the contract, the reporting, etc. But please, don't soapbox FO!

by parker (not verified) :: Sun, 01/25/2009 - 12:49pm

This was pretty dumb on his part. However, as long as I don't have to hear reporters on their moral high horse about his situation I'll be content. Its just a little weed. Worse can be done.

by PatsFan :: Sun, 01/25/2009 - 8:55pm

It was just a little weed. Worse can be done.

Yeah -- because DUI on weed is so much more benevolent than DUI on alcohol.

If he was so stoned that he was found "passed out" in his car, that means he was seriously DUI. He's lucky that he and some random other people are still alive. Throw the book at the bastard.

by Smiling Bob (not verified) :: Sun, 01/25/2009 - 10:41pm

Granted I only know about the story what was said on this page, but nowhere does it say that we was under the influence, or that he was operating the vehicle, he was merely sleeping in it. Maybe you are too privledged to have ever had to sleep in a car, but it happened everyday, for a multitude of reasons. If he was "passed out" out in a car that was running, or that had ceased to opperate due to a colision, then you may have a case, but if he was "passed out" in a car neatly parked in a spot, then it still impies nothing of the kind. To be "passed out" merely means to lose conscienceness, you pass out ever day! But by all means pass judgement on a person for being asleep. Throw the book at him! Btw I have no patience for people driving under the influence, however it is important that people be guilty of the crimes they are being prosecuted of, and there is generally more than enough evidence to the fact.

by Unverified Telamon (not verified) :: Mon, 01/26/2009 - 2:07pm

So he's an underprivilidged NFL player?

Last I checked even 3rd string special teamers do pretty well.

by MCS :: Mon, 01/26/2009 - 3:54pm

Read the article before you comment.

"According to police, Hill was found in his car at about 4 a.m. after several citizens reported a car with a driver asleep at an intersection."

Sounds like a guy who shouldn't have been driving.

aka Cheezer

by PatsFan :: Mon, 01/26/2009 - 8:19pm

Try reading the article before pontificating. He was found passed out in an intersection.

by Jimmy Oz (not verified) :: Mon, 01/26/2009 - 10:45pm

Click the link: Scientific Study conducted in 1995 found that marijuana use doesn't impair driving ability for regular/recreational users.

Driving at 4am is probably the reason for him being asleep. Try knowing something about what you're talking about before pontificating.


by BucNasty :: Tue, 01/27/2009 - 4:44pm

I can assure you- from my own personal experience as a teenager- that it does affect you. I never wrecked or hurt anybody, but it was certainly different.

by Jimmy Oz (not verified) :: Tue, 01/27/2009 - 6:13pm

Its really ignorant of you to argue against something without bothering to read it.

The scientific study concludes that the part of the brain that is affected by smokeysmoke is a different part of the brain to the bit that takes care of driving.

by BucNasty :: Tue, 01/27/2009 - 6:28pm

You can show me all the graphs, charts, or pictures of a brain lit up in all different colors you want, but I've driven high and know for a fact that my driving was worse because of it. It's not as bad as drinking, but it affects you (or me, anyway).

by Jimmy Oz (not verified) :: Tue, 01/27/2009 - 10:10pm

In city driving, there's no noticable difference, however the pot smokers rated their own performance lower. So i'm not going to take your word about the assessment of complex motor skills when you were stoned. You can't be accurately rating your performance if you're high.

You can give me all the testamonials you want, but i'm going to go with lab coats over tie-dye.

by discostu :: Sun, 01/25/2009 - 1:29pm

It's true worse can be done. But it sure is stupid. I have no sympathy for people so stupid they can't keep their nose clean for a standard 7 year NFL career. Don't got a lot of time to make your money if you're a football player, be smart, make the cash, and smoke dope after you retire at the tender age of 29.

by Joe in Seattle (not verified) :: Mon, 01/26/2009 - 12:36am

Should give him and Lofa Tatupu something to talk about.