Report: Von Miller tested positive for amphetamines, marijuana in 2011

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The Von Miller situation is getting even more confusing.

Adam Schefter of ESPN has reported that Miller is facing a four-game suspension for violating a league policy.  Schefter has yet to report whether Miller violated the substance-abuse policy or the PED policy.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Miller has violated both policies.  Per Klis, Miller tested positive for amphetamines and marijuana in 2011.  The former, which is the active ingredient in Adderall and other related substances, would trigger an automatic four-game suspension under the PED policy.  The latter would require at least three violations before a suspension arises.

It appears, then, that the suspension comes from the positive test for amphetamine.  But it’s still unclear why it has taken so long to get the appeal resolved.

In late 2011, there was some suspicion that the league tapped the brakes on a couple of potential suspensions in order to avoid derailing Tebowmania.  In 2012, the Broncos were among the league’s darlings, given the arrival of Peyton Manning.  There’s no evidence that the process as to Miller has been delayed in any way to help the Broncos, however.

And there’s also no evidence that the process will be resolved any time soon.  Until Miller’s appeal has been heard and decided, he’ll carry the stigma of being a cheater.  Unfortunately for Miller, the fact that someone blabbed means that Miller will have that stigma in the eyes of some, even if he wins.

121 responses to “Report: Von Miller tested positive for amphetamines, marijuana in 2011

  1. “In late 2011, there was some suspicion that the league tapped the brakes on a couple of potential suspensions in order to avoid derailing Tebowmania”
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    Wow!!!! That’s a hell of an accusation and if true completely undermines the credibility of an already questionable NFL front office.

  2. A positive test for amphetamine can also mean cocaine. He’s lucky he’s a phenomenal athlete because I imagine cocaine and marijuana don’t help you learn the defensive schemes as a rookie.

    Shall we call it the “Elway Way”

  3. It’s being rumored that he tested positive for Molly (MDMA) and weed, so in other words, he’s like any college student?

  4. So, the final season of Breaking Bad starts in about 3 weeks…..are we going to see Miller in his acting debut with that “blue crystal”?

  5. Ever since the Dumerville fax machine mishap this offseason has gone steadily down the crapper, good luck in the season opener…

  6. “In late 2011, there was some suspicion that the league tapped the brakes on a couple of potential suspensions in order to avoid derailing Tebowmania.”

    I believe it. After witnessing the Tuck Rule game, this is highly believable. NFL is the new NBA.

  7. Can anyone elaborate on how the NFL held back suspensions so as not to derail Tebowmania?? I feel like that’s a HUGE story that needs to be detailed!

  8. No surprise the league stepped in to help Tebow out on the Broncos’ little run. He was too God-awful (do you see what I did there??) to have done any of it on his own!

  9. It’s been reported it was Molly. It’s got to suck for Denver fans to watch no Miller on top of watching Dumervil on the other team. Remember kids… don’t do drugs…or use fax machines.

  10. NFL didn’t do anything in 2011? …they barely punished them for cheating in their first Super Bowl win. Broncos, Pariots, 49ers. The only three teams that cheated in a year they won the Super Bowl. NFL barely punishes them…WTF!!!!!!

  11. Amphetamines?? No wonder he gets to the QB so quickly!

    Time for a suspension Von.

    PS – who cares if he likes hitting the doobage.

  12. In late 2011, there was some suspicion that the league tapped the brakes on a couple of potential suspensions in order to avoid derailing Tebowmania… There’s no evidence that the process as to Miller has been delayed in any way to help the Broncos, however.
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    Uh, what? I was unaware of any conspiracy theory involving the Broncos getting special treatment by the league.

  13. What a joke. Whenever the organization wants to stop embarrassing it’s fans, I would appreciate it. I wish the Broncos would tack on a suspension of their own to get the message across, but I guess we’re not above this type of treatment.

  14. Seriously? This happened in 2011! Live in the now…for all we know he hasn’t touched the stuff in years…there must be some sort of statute of limitations on testing positive 2 years ago…still a dumb move on his part though…

  15. So this guy might just have some serious addiction problems. Hope he gets some help because I’d hate to see a talent like him end his career because he can’t get his demons under control.

  16. If anyone can prove they delayed these suspensions to support tebow or manning than Goodell should be FIRED!

    So sick and tired of the Bronco’s and their Overrated GM who thinks signing 37 yr old qb’s and wideouts makes him a genious,, Drunk Player Personnel Department, Overated, playoff choking QB and delusional fanbase who actually believe they are a Superbowl contender every year.

    Come September 5th I beg you all to take the Ravens and the Points as I’m sure the Reigning Superbowl champs will be underdogs on the opening game of the Season to the Mile High Hype machine. You will not be disappointed!

  17. lol @ the comments that the test was in 2011 so we should therefore assume that he stopped doing amphetamines.

    Because that’s typically the course that amphetamine usage goes. You just kind of out grow it.

  18. realfootballfan says:
    Jul 22, 2013 1:42 PM
    So this guy might just have some serious addiction problems. Hope he gets some help because I’d hate to see a talent like him end his career because he can’t get his demons under control.

    ^^^^
    This message brought to you by someone who has clearly never smoked.

  19. When asked for a comment, Elway began shaking his head up and down,digging at the ground with his right foot.

  20. If non-ADHD people take Adderall, for some people it can have the same effect as blowing a line of coke.

    Pop an Adderall, go to Vegas and get down all night. That’s what I think when I see these guys get busted taking that stuff.

  21. Can someone even tell me how an amphetamines is a performance enhancer?

    Please tell me. I’m an APK major in Health and Human Performance….SOMEONE TELL ME how aamphetamines enahnces ones performance!!!

    They don’t.

  22. The delay in enforcement of league rules may have been done to help the Broncos, but it may end up hurting them more this way. Without Dumervil and without PED’s Miller may not be nearly as effective as he has been in the past.

  23. This reminds me of how the safety got blamed for getting beat in the game vs. Baltimore, but nobody blamed Peyton Manning for throwing an interception when they still could have won the game on that final drive. Talk about Darlings.

  24. In all fairness, the NFL was pretty busy gathering false information in order to railroad the Saints with in 2011, and couldn’t be bothered with actual rule breakers.

  25. Let’s start with the dorks writing comments like “time for the trade to the Seahawks” (even though Seattle has just 1 more positive suspension than 2 other teams).

  26. So he tested positive. Before everyone piles on him, lets remember that he volunteered to go visit the troops in Afghanistan this past spring. That says something about his character right there.

  27. Drugs are for losers. I wonder if he’ll lose his desire to play football like Ricky Williams did. Potheads get to where they don’t care about anything except getting high.

  28. Can you imagine hanging out with a guy like that on some of those club drugs? 240 lbs. LB with a pacifier in his mouth waving glowing lights in his own face. Odd mental image.

  29. Seeing as he comes from the same school as Johnny Walker Football, speaks volumes as to whats going on at Texas A&M. Free for all for football.

  30. I think he would have had to hit a police car to get a front office gig but not a bad effort.

    To be fair at least to this point Elway has been harsh on the knuckleheads in his organization, although I still wonder who he beat over the head with a fax machine after the Dumervil incident.

  31. Yet another team like the giants surpasses the Seahawks for most ped suspensions in the past few seasons but pft and other sources will continue to act as if Seattle is the solitary and most egregious offender.

  32. Diet pills and a little weed. No big deal. How do you think most kids made it through college? When the Federal Government, inc banned over the counter diet pills they renamed them to their ingredient name aka adderal and/or vyvanse. Big pharma made a merger with FDA, inc. for profit and control.

  33. Amphetamines actually have a negative effect on muscle
    Mass in the body; puts it in a catabolic state. Also decreases appetite. So everyone should be clear that when they refer to amphetamines as a PED it’s from an energy/ focus standpoint. I’d imagine as a pre game substance to get jacked up. Still cheating, but not in he same class as roids.

  34. I think it’s time other teams around the league took notes from the Broncos exec’s on how to keep things hushed…

  35. “bigbenh8tr says:
    Jul 22, 2013 1:31 PM
    A positive test for amphetamine can also mean cocaine. He’s lucky he’s a phenomenal athlete because I imagine cocaine and marijuana don’t help you learn the defensive schemes as a rookie.

    Shall we call it the “Elway Way””

    This isn’t correct, cocaine and amphetamines have different metabolites. Urine and/or blood tests can distinguish between the two of them.

    That being said, if you’ve ever heard this guy talk, it’s not surprising he’s on something that messes with his brain.

  36. The real story is the NFL front office DID NOT want the Raiders in the playoffs … what else is new

  37. The guy’s Twitter handle is @MillerLite40. Who could have possibly seen something like this coming??

  38. I’m a little confused by the term “substance abuse”. I mean, if you test positive for marijuana 3 separate times that is grounds for a 4 game suspension. But does that mean that you are “abusing” it?

  39. Confused as to all of these comments blaming his positive amphetamine test on cocaine. Ya know, since its not an amphetamine. Confirms my suspicion that organic chemistry was not a favorite subject amongst PFT commenters.

  40. Vir Publius says:

    Adderall doesn’t improve athletic performance.

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    But it does improve film study and mental preparation.

  41. ewoods6 says:
    Jul 22, 2013 1:47 PM
    Can someone even tell me how an amphetamines is a performance enhancer?

    Please tell me. I’m an APK major in Health and Human Performance….SOMEONE TELL ME how aamphetamines enahnces ones performance!!!

    They don’t.
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    Have you ever tried these drugs or just read about them?
    Try again buddy.

    “Amphetamine works by increasing energy levels, concentration, and motivation”

    “In addition, amphetamine is also used by some professional,[75] collegiate[76] and high school[76] athletes for its strong stimulant effect; energy levels are perceived to be dramatically increased and sustained, which is believed to allow for more vigorous and longer play.”

  42. Klis later implied that this suspension is for a second offense. Apparently when it comes to substance abuse, not PEDs, the first offense only requires the player to go to a program, while the second offense gets the 4 games. So, implying the NFL sat on this to help the Broncos is probably wrong.

  43. According to all the Patriots haters from the past few weeks, clearly this is an indication that he will become a serial killer and should be retroactively cut from the team. You should have known, Elway!

  44. Why isn’t there a new headline on this subject that simply asks if the NFL delayed a suspension in hopes of getting Peyton another shot at the SB? COME on.
    What’s it like having Roger Goodell as your 12th man?

  45. Miller is a cheat, just like Cushing and Mathews.
    The players KNEW what is banned yet they CHOSE to roll the dice.

    Hit him hard Roger! He he hurt both his team and Bronco fans.

  46. I’m a Pats fan, but I wanted to see Miller break the sack record this year. Guess that won’t be happening

  47. “In late 2011, there was some suspicion that the league tapped the brakes on a couple of potential suspensions in order to avoid derailing Tebowmania. In 2012, the Broncos were among the league’s darlings, given the arrival of Peyton Manning. There’s no evidence that the process as to Miller has been delayed in any way to help the Broncos, however.”

    Wow. So 2009 Saints get off from the bounty scandal, the 2010 Packers clearly have a juicer in Clay Matthews and they won the SB in 2010 (coincidence that Cushing is Matthews’ homeboy?), 2011 had Tebow and 2012 had Peyton. Screw the story lines and darlings. Bust people for taking illegal substances in the NFL.

  48. You people claiming amphetamines helps ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE are fing stupid.

    It works against what you want as an athlete from safe BP during exertion, Cardiac Output, Stroke Volume and SVR….morons don’t have a CLUE!!!!

  49. Shawn Merriman and Brian Cushing both disagree with the Test results.

    “You ain’t winning if your not cheating”

  50. I just love reading comments. Theres nothing in this world like football fans. Some guys are just hillarious.

  51. “Cocai…err…adderall is a helluva drug”
    -Richard Sherman and Von “lil Gus Fring” Miller

  52. The begining of dashed high hopes has begun…and not a minute too soon. Let’s see how far the donks fall from the low point of the Raven loss last year.

  53. 12444uggg says: Jul 22, 2013 1:54 PM

    Can you imagine hanging out with a guy like that on some of those club drugs? 240 lbs. LB with a pacifier in his mouth waving glowing lights in his own face. Odd mental image.
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    The scene from White Chicks with Terry Crews and the glow sticks.HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  54. You people claiming amphetamines helps ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE are fing stupid.

    It works against what you want as an athlete from safe BP during exertion, Cardiac Output, Stroke Volume and SVR….morons don’t have a CLUE!!!!

    ________________

    Alright take it easy there Florence Nightengale or your SVR numbers are gonna SKY-rocket…

  55. “There’s no evidence that the process as to Miller has been delayed in any way to help the Broncos, however.”

    I don’t see how the 30 sacks Miller has had in his first 2 years didn’t help the Broncos. Circumstantial? Yes, but still…

  56. George Atallah ‏@GeorgeAtallah 2m

    I can also confirm that Von’s case does not involve the Steroids and Related Substances Policy.

  57. Congrats to the Detroit Lions

    The Denver Broncos are the new laughingstock of the NFL

  58. I think if the suspension is immediate it will make the first two Bronco’s games tougher: BAL and @NYG. The next 4 should be winnable regardless: OAK, PHI, @DAL, JAX. As a Patriots fan, it would be nice if he missed the first two.

  59. bigbenh8tr says:
    Jul 22, 2013 2:16 PM
    ewoods6 says:
    Jul 22, 2013 1:47 PM
    Can someone even tell me how an amphetamines is a performance enhancer?

    Please tell me. I’m an APK major in Health and Human Performance….SOMEONE TELL ME how aamphetamines enahnces ones performance!!!

    They don’t.
    ___________________________________
    Have you ever tried these drugs or just read about them?
    Try again buddy.

    “Amphetamine works by increasing energy levels, concentration, and motivation”

    “In addition, amphetamine is also used by some professional,[75] collegiate[76] and high school[76] athletes for its strong stimulant effect; energy levels are perceived to be dramatically increased and sustained, which is believed to allow for more vigorous and longer play.”
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    Time to take up a new major I guess…

  60. im a die hard broncos fan and i will always like von and he is on the right track to be as good as lt (lawerence taylor not ladanian tomlinson) enough said

  61. I’m happy with Aldon Smith he has had a couple incidents off the field but not on the field like the dopers around the NFL.

  62. ewoods6 says: Jul 22, 2013 2:35 PM

    You people claiming amphetamines helps ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE are fing stupid.

    It works against what you want as an athlete from safe BP during exertion, Cardiac Output, Stroke Volume and SVR….morons don’t have a CLUE!!!!
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    But they are a banned substance in the NFL. So, your point is moot. But please, continue your pointless rant.

  63. I think this says more about the NFL than Von Miller, if they avoided suspending Miller for fear of derailing Tebowmania. The NFL is conveniently sanctimonious when the “rules” don’t conflict with the popularity of their brand. This whole issue is 3 years after the fact, I think the real story is why it took so long to get here. Please get on pressing the NFL for a reason why.

  64. bigbenh8tr says:
    Jul 22, 2013 2:16 PM
    ewoods6 says:
    Jul 22, 2013 1:47 PM
    Can someone even tell me how an amphetamines is a performance enhancer?

    Please tell me. I’m an APK major in Health and Human Performance….SOMEONE TELL ME how aamphetamines enahnces ones performance!!!

    They don’t.
    ___________________________________
    Have you ever tried these drugs or just read about them?
    Try again buddy.

    “Amphetamine works by increasing energy levels, concentration, and motivation”

    “In addition, amphetamine is also used by some professional,[75] collegiate[76] and high school[76] athletes for its strong stimulant effect; energy levels are perceived to be dramatically increased and sustained, which is believed to allow for more vigorous and longer play.”
    ————————————-

    Time to take up a new major I guess…

    ___________________________

    LOL. New major.

  65. “gochargersgo says: Jul 22, 2013 2:05 PM
    Amphetamines actually have a negative effect on muscle Mass in the body; puts it in a catabolic state. Also decreases appetite. ”
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    Smoking weed is known to increase appetite. If only Von Miller had smoked weed. Oh wait, he did.

  66. Since marijuana is legal in Colorado that should be a non issue. Don’t see why the NFL would even spend the money to test players for thc who play for pedhawks or broncos. As far as the peds should any of us be surprised by now when a non QB superstar gets popped? Whenever hgh testing goes through its really going to get ugly.

  67. Dig and find out if this was covered up because the Broncos were media darlings. THAT would be a story.

  68. I think Florio needs to do an article on the pharmacology of amphetamines and stimulants so people who deny their performance-enhancing effects can educate themselves.

    Hell, I’d write it myself.

  69. realfootballfan,

    Don’t exactly think amphetamines have anything to do with “smoking.” Also, pretty proud I’ve never done any kind of drugs. You should feel like the loser that you are that you needed to announce that along with the idiots that gave you a thumbs up.

    Furthermore, since he’s just having fun and smoking, next time he gets in trouble for any substance abuse, he’s getting a year. That’s real smart and I’m sure if it was Mathieu from the Cardinals, you’d have the same stance about him not having a problem if he couldn’t even lay off the stuff long enough to beat the NFL’s pedestrian drug testing regimen.

  70. I’ve heard some real stupid assertions from this blog, but to insinuate that the NFL did nothing in 2012 and let Vonn Miller play the entire season without addressing a”secret appeal” of a 2011 violation because of Tebowmania is the most asinine statement yet.

  71. Its interesting that this was kept in the DL for so long to a point that had this come out when it happened, Aldon Smith wouldve won the DROY..

  72. It’s funny that everyone labeled the Seahawks the Sea-Adderall Seahawks as if they were the only team to have a problem with PED’s. It’s a league problem and I would be surprised if all 32 teams didn’t have at least one player or front office person, guilty of taking a banned substance of one kind or another. I don’t condone any of it, but I believe the league is dirtier than most believe and now that HGH is on the radar, I think were going to find out that there is a whole new brand of cheater going on and don’t be surprised if they don’t take a few swings at big-time superstars. I still think it is a little conspicuous that the great Adrian Peterson came back from ACL and MCL tears in the short time that he did, only to get like 10 yards from the single-season rushing record. Something is rotten in Denmark, and it’s not just cheese. It’s probably AP’s little helper. Just saying… And I hope I’m wrong about everything I wrote here. I’d be delighted if everyone on this website called me an absolute loser. Because that would be that my favorite sport is clean. I’m not worried.

  73. “In late 2011, there was some suspicion that the league tapped the brakes on a couple of potential suspensions in order to avoid derailing Tebowmania.”

    It’s called the “rumor mill” for a reason folks, be careful.

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