Ravens beat writer Aaron Wilson talks about safety Will Hill and the warrant in New Jersey that claims Hill is stiffing his baby's mother out of more than $16,000 in child support. (Baltimore Sun video)
Ravens free safety Will Hill is in trouble with the law again.
A warrant for his arrest has been issued by New Jersey authorities due to Hill allegedly failing to pay $16,588.18 in back child support to his baby's mother, according to Hudson County, N.J. law enforcement officials.
The arrest warrant isn't particularly new. According to police, it was issued in March of 2014.
Hill has a history of off-the-field problems, including an arrest when he was playing for the New York Giants in December 2013 in New Jersey for failure to pay child support. This latest child support issue involves the same woman.
Although Hill isn't being actively sought by police, he would be subject to arrest should he have any interaction with authorities.
Although Hill is aware of his child support issues, he wasn't apprised of an active warrant, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Ravens are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering information.
Hill served a six-game suspension last season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy when he tested positive for marijuana. After serving his suspension, Hill revitalized his career and emerged as the Ravens' starting free safety.
In a December interview with The Baltimore Sun, Hill emphasized that he has changed his lifestyle and tends to stay home and spend time with family rather than enjoying the nightlife as he did in the past.
"My living habits, I don't go out on the town much," Hill said at the time. "I sit in the house with my family. I used to be a nightclub guy, especially coming out of college. I've just been watching a lot of movies. I'm a homebody. I took a long look in the mirror and decided to change a lot of things."
Signed by the Ravens in late July to a one-year, $570,000 contract, Hill served his suspension without pay after his agents and the NFL Players Association unsuccessfully lobbied the league to shorten his punishment under a revised league drug policy. The latest suspension cost Hill $201,176 in game checks.
Hill has been suspended for a total of 14 games in three NFL seasons, including two four-game suspensions triggered by positive tests for Adderall and marijuana. The suspensions cost him a total of $405,882 and created an impression of unreliability.
Hill was arrested in 2011 in Florida for driving with a suspended license, was arrested in 2013 for non-payment of child support, went through a divorce and has fathered four children with three women.
A blue-chip recruit out of St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, N.J., Hill said he turned to marijuana as a relief from stress. Hill characterized that stress as stemming from everything from his old crime-ridden neighborhood in New Jersey to dealing with family issues and people seeking money from him because of his status as an NFL player.
Hill had his moments as he started eight regular-season games and two playoff games for the Ravens during the 2014 season. He had 39 tackles in the regular season, and returned an interception for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints while shadowing tight end Jimmy Graham.
"Will Hill, he has a lot of talent," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said during a season-ending news conference. "It's something that we always knew. He also has a great love for the game. He learned our defense throughout the course of the season, which it's not easy to do that. We have a tough defense. We do a lot of good stuff back there. But he was running the show pretty well back there toward the end of the year."
Hill is a restricted free agent, meaning the Ravens can retain him with a tender offer and have the right to match any competing offer sheet from other NFL teams.
It's unclear how this latest off-the-field issue, first reported by TMZ, will affect his status.
The Ravens have said they're looking forward to bringing Hill back and challenged him to improve during the offseason to upgrade his play next season.
"Having the offseason, having the OTAs and the minicamp and the training camp is only going to really help him tremendously, as far as being a really good safety for us," Harbaugh said. "And I’ll say this: We put it on his plate a little bit. We’re challenging him for the next three or four months. ‘Are you going to come back a better player than you were when you left here in January, and is that slate going to be clean?’
"We fully expect it to be. He just had a baby. He’s doing great with his family, and we fully expect him to do a great job with that, and we’re going to try to help him anyway we can with that.”