A few days ago, Von Miller was
handed a four-game
suspension by the NFL for violating the league's drug
policy. Miller, the 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, knew from the
minute the news broke that he had reason to appeal the suspension and today
that reason became very clear. Today, a source revealed that Miller's
suspension was not
due to a failed drug test.
Miller had been clean since the 2011 season, when he tested
positive for marijuana in his rookie year. Following this rule violation,
Miller was placed in the league's substance abuse program. However, Miller did
not test positive for any PEDs or recreational drugs this year. So then why was
Miller handed this suspension?
If you read the fine print, the NFL drug policy doesn't only
hand out suspensions for positive tests, but also for breaking certain rules.
Players placed in the substance abuse program have to follow other rules,
because of their past infractions. Like probation, these players have to take
tests at certain times, attend counseling sessions and have to behave in a certain
manner. There is no word on whether Miller overslept, had a temper tantrum or
cut class, but despite remaining clean the NFL has stood firm on suspending
While Miller has put in for appeal, his teammates
are confident that the suspension won't hold. Denver Bronco's defensive
tackle Kevin Vickerson said that Miller may be "silly," but he is now a leader
on the team and has accepted that role. "The guy I was, two, three, four years
ago is not the guy I am," said Miller. When asked if he regularly used or
supported marijuana usage, Miller responded with a firm "absolutely not."
Clearly, Miller has grown from his rookie self. He has grown
into one of the best defensive players in the NFL and realizes the position
that he's in. Last season, Miller finished second in voting for the NFL
Defensive MVP Award, and has accumulated 30 sacks in only two seasons in the
NFL. This is why Miller doesn't feel like he let
down his teammates.
It may seem silly to suspend a player when he isn't using,
but the NFL is trying to make an example out of Miller. Whether the suspension
will stand remains to be seen, but according to Kevin Vickerson "There will be due justice.
We have to watch and see how it plays out. Right now, he's not suspended, and
he'll be with us the first game."
you think Miller should be suspended? Should players who already received their
penalty have to abide by a different set of rules? Share your thoughts. Comment