Denver Bronco linebacker Von Miller was officially suspended for six games for violating the NFL’s substance policy, reports STLToday.com.
The suspension was triggered by a diluted urine sample provided by Miller during the off season. Sources say that the linebacker was asked to provide the sample before a workout/practice, but it was spilled before given to the collector. Miller was then asked to provide another sample, but was unable to. After participating in the workout and drinking fluids, the sample he provided later was diluted.
Miller made a statement following the announcement and made it clear that the suspension is not the result of a positive test.
“The Substances of Abuse policy requires everyone to comply with the rules,” Miller said. “Although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules. I made mistakes and my suspension has hurt my team, Broncos fans, and myself. I am especially sorry for the effect of my bad decisions on others. I will not make the same mistakes about adhering to the policy in the future. During my time off the field, I will work tirelessly and focus exclusively on remaining in peak shape. I look forward to contributing immediately upon my return to the field and bringing a championship back to the people of Denver.”
The league wanted a longer penalty for the linebacker, but the sides agreed to less than half the season. His suspension, without pay, will begin August 31. He can return to the Broncos October 14.
News of the suspension comes less than a week after Miller was arrested at a gun club on a failure to appear in court warrant. Miller was charged last October with careless driving, driving without a license and having no proof of insurance. He failed to show up for his court date and a warrant for his arrest was issued in January.
Miller tested positive positive for marijuana and amphetamines in 2011 and was placed in the league’s intervention program.