The mystery is being solved, piece by piece. Sort of.
We know that Broncos linebacker Von Miller faces a four-game suspension. We know that the internal appeal process has not yet been completed. We know that someone breached the confidentiality requirement of the league’s policies, since we shouldn’t know any of this until the appeal fails. We know that Miller says he did nothing wrong.
Now, we know by process of elimination that Miller’s potential suspension comes from the substance-abuse policy. We know this because NFLPA spokesman George Atallah has said via Twitter that Miller’s potential suspension does not arise under the steroids policy.
Mike Klis of the Denver Post reported earlier today that Miller tested positive in 2011 for amphetamines (prohibited under the steroids policy) and for marijuana (prohibited under the substance-abuse policy). Miller apparently avoided a suspension for the positive amphetamine test, which actually represents a second breach of a confidentiality provision that supposedly carries a fine of up to $500,000.
If Miller is indeed facing a suspension under the substance-abuse policy, it means that he violated the policy multiple times. So when he says he did nothing wrong, in a roundabout way he’s accurate. The suspension means he did something he shouldn’t have done at least three times.
And here’s where the case could get even more interesting. Now that recreational marijuana use is legal in Colorado, Miller could try to challenge any violations occurring since the law was passed, if his potential suspension arises from marijuana use.