Carolina Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill was cited by Concord police with possession of drug paraphernalia the week the Panthers report to training camp in Spartanburg.
According to the police report, Hill was cited at 2:26 p.m. Tuesday near Concord Mills mall with two misdemeanors: possession of marijuana paraphernalia and failure to wear a seatbelt. Panthers players report to training camp Thursday morning.
A Panthers spokesman had no comment when reached by phone Wednesday morning.
Hill, 24, was pulled over in a 2012 Mercedes at Weddington Road and Bruton Smith Boulevard because of a seatbelt violation. He was then cited for possession of two grinders with marijuana residue and a marijuana bowl. Concord Police Department Maj. Wilhelm described Hill as “very cooperative.”
Hill joined the Panthers in September but did not appear in a game. Panthers coach Ron Rivera was impressed by Hill’s performance this summer in workouts and veteran minicamp.
Before the citation, Hill figured to enter training camp on the fringe of the final roster, competing for one of the final wide receiver positions.
Hill, a former second-round pick, had a lackluster two-year career with the New York Jets as he struggled with drops before coming to Carolina as a practice squad player.
Staff researcher Maria David contributed.