By Carden Hedelt aka MBIIIEffect
Seattle linebacker Leroy Hill, found passed out at the wheel of his 1975 Buick Electra in Atlanta this past Saturday morning, has apologized for his actions and their repercussions from his traffic stop.
“I want to apologize to my family, my teammates, the Seahawks organization and fans,” Hill said. “I am embarrassed by the incident Saturday morning and the poor judgment I showed. Please understand my actions were not consistent with the type of person I hope to become.”
I see two things I like here:
1. The guy’s value just went down. We need a linebacker with experience on the cheap. He’s been a fairly consistent performer, racking up 330 tackles over the last 3 seasons with the Seahawks. But being found passed out is bad. It’s almost as bad as driving a 1975 Buick Electra. His value will go down, and should the Seahawks let Hill go, we might be able to get a solid LB without taking a huge cap hit.
2. Even though he screwed up royally, he did the right thing and came out and apologized. When’s the last time we heard a public apology in Dallas? We haven’t heard a peep out of OLB Anthony Spencer since his Jan. 12 arrest outside an Indianapolis bar. We also haven’t heard much from TE Martellus Bennett after his profanity-laced freestyle was taken down from YouTube. All three of these guys did something to embarrass their franchise, but only Hill was a big enough man to come out and apologize.
My message to Jerry would be to sign Hill up. He’s got some common sense and he can play. From past signings, I know that Jerry could care less about common sense, but he should be able to recognize the talent.