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Panthers: Citation Won’t Hurt Stephen Hill’s Chances

Getting cited for possession of drug paraphernalia less than 48 hours before training camp obviously doesn’t help a guy’s odds of making a team. In Stephen Hill’s case, it may not hurt his chances, either.Carolina Panthers’ general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Ron Rivera both came out in support of Hill on Thursday, two days after police found two grinders and a marijuana bowl in his car.”I spoke with Stephen this morning at length. He is obviously very remorseful about what happened. He’s a terrific kid. He’s given us no indication since he’s been with us that this is who he is,” Gettleman said.When asked if the incident would hurt Hill’s prospects of making the Carolina’s 53-man roster, Gettleman said:”The best 53 players make our team.”Rivera was clearer with his answer:”It doesn’t,” he said. “It’s a mistake. He made a mistake, he knows it. It’s gonna be corrected.”Considering the multiple chances defensive end Frank Alexander was given last season, the Panthers are being consistent in their stance on Hill. If he isn’t around come Week 1, it’s because of what he did — or didn’t do — here in Spartanburg.”I told him, ‘We’re blessed to be in the position we’re in, and it’s our responsibility to handle that. I have 28 and 25-year-old boys, and I’ve told them since they were 15, ‘The older you get, the more your mistakes cost you,'” Gettleman said.”Stephen’s truly remorseful and we’re going to let the process play out.”

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