ESPN has reported that Von Miller is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Which means that he failed a drug test at some point. The question is when exactly did he fail a drug test?
According to the Denver Post, Miller failed a test back in 2011 during his rookie season for amphetamines and marijuana. Miller was not suspended back in 2011 so it’s unclear what exactly happened with that failed drug test.
The suspension is under appeal so are we supposed to believe that the appeal has been ongoing since 2011? Because if you look at ESPN’s report, there isn’t any mention of a new failed drug test. But at any rate, the Broncos were not caught off guard regarding the league’s decision to come down on Miller.
A league source said the Broncos were aware of an issue with Miller so executive vice president of football operations John Elway and coach John Fox were not surprised by Monday’s news.
“He’s a different guy, but I never thought he would risk his career. Gotta help him bounce back now. Can’t turn my back on him. Disappointed yet concerned about the man. Still love him, though,” a Broncos player, who wished to remain anonymous, said in a text to ESPN.
So with no new failed drug test to point to and only a failed test in 2011, is the NFL trying to retroactively suspend Miller in a thinly veiled attempt to insinuate he a new failed test? If so, this could get pretty interesting.