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Report: Von Miller suspension not for a positive drug test

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Broncos linebacker Von Miller is in the process of appealing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, but according to a new report, Miller did not fail a drug test.

He didn’t test positive for anything,” an unnamed person with knowledge of the situation told USA Today.

We’ll likely never know all the details of Miller’s case, just like we never know all the details of most NFL suspensions for violations of the substance-abuse policy, because the league’s confidentiality rules keep that information quiet. The very fact that we’re talking about this before Miller’s appeal has been heard shows that someone violated the confidentiality rules by leaking the news that he’s facing a suspension, but when these leaks come out, they usually don’t tell the full story.

But if it’s true that Miller didn’t fail a drug test, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll win his appeal. It’s possible to violate the policy without testing positive by, for instance, refusing to take a test or submitting a diluted urine sample.

So while the news that Miller did not test positive might seem to back up his claim that he did nothing wrong, it still remains to be seen whether Miller can win his appeal and be on the field in Week One.

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  1. zeke2517 says: Jul 26, 2013 9:44 PM

    So something happened, but no one knows what. Great.

  2. elwaysagenius says: Jul 26, 2013 9:45 PM

    Say he tests positive for marijuana, would the fact that it is legal in Colorado mean anything?

  3. shackdelrio says: Jul 26, 2013 9:47 PM

    Urban Meyer said the NFL should just suspend him for the games against the Eagles, Jaguars, Titans and Raiders.

  4. therealraider says: Jul 26, 2013 9:49 PM

    He was caught with a wizzinator, bought the white one.

  5. tyler4richardson says: Jul 26, 2013 9:51 PM

    Holy man. Another report? Does journalism exist anywhere anymore, or are guys just throwing out gossipy rumors for the hell of it? Get some cold hard facts and then speak up.

  6. filthymcnasty1 says: Jul 26, 2013 9:52 PM

    Has he been hanging around Aaron Hernandez?

  7. akismet-0471142e4db6bf4edbfd8363d280b966 says: Jul 26, 2013 9:52 PM

    legal in the state has no bearing on whether it’s allowed by your employer. alcohol is legal in Colorado but pilots can’t show up to work hammered.

  8. GenXJay says: Jul 26, 2013 9:55 PM

    he was sporting a Raiders hat @ the 16th street mall.

  9. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jul 26, 2013 9:55 PM

    Drunk driving coaches and management. Cheating drug addicted players. What a sleazy franchise. Nice job Elway.

  10. moerawn says: Jul 26, 2013 9:57 PM

    NSA caught him emailing North Korea or something.

  11. stallyns1 says: Jul 26, 2013 9:58 PM

    elwaysagenius says: Jul 26, 2013 9:45 PM

    Say he tests positive for marijuana, would the fact that it is legal in Colorado mean anything?
    ——————————————————-
    If it is on the NFL’s list of banned substances and he tests positive for it the Colorado law has no bearing on the matter

  12. abninf says: Jul 26, 2013 9:58 PM

    “the league’s confidentiality rules keep that information quiet”
    ==================================

    Can’t the players show us their own test results if they really want to clear their name in the public opinion? Let’s see it, Miller. Don’t be scared.

  13. qdog112 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:00 PM

    Because he claims he did nothing wrong does not mean he did nothing wrong. In fact, if he did nothing wrong, why is he being suspended?

    Noway he, the NFLPA or the team allows a suspension if he did nothing.

  14. senky3 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:01 PM

    why does anyone listen to an unnamed source. this really bothers me, because he can say anything and since no one knows who it is, no proof is required. and then, of course, there is always some journalist hungry for a story to print it. this story has no basis in fact and is just rumor

  15. joey49er says: Jul 26, 2013 10:01 PM

    Von is a beast I hope he wins the appeal…I hope this is wrong…im a 49er fan.. but really like von miller…I still feel aldon should of won def rookie of the yr.. but von is a great player ….good luck von …

  16. firstroyal says: Jul 26, 2013 10:04 PM

    Say he tests positive for marijuana, would the fact that it is legal in Colorado mean anything?
    —–
    NFL is like any other company, it being legal changes nothing about company policy or standards.

  17. nepo784 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:08 PM

    Probably assault. Classless.

  18. pats777 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:08 PM

    Nope. There’s a ton of stimulants that are legal for us working class stiffs to OD on but as soon as a NFL player touch em they are banned from playing. They just play stupid about it even though every single one of them are advised by their union on the list of things to avoid.
    ——
    Say he tests positive for marijuana, would the fact that it is legal in Colorado mean anything?

  19. ss2k8 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:10 PM

    Maybe the drug testers tried to get a hold of him and left a message and when he didn’t get back to them they showed up anyway and failed him for not being there.

    I can’t remember for sure but i feel like somebody else a few years ago failed a drug test like that.

  20. donth8thehorns says: Jul 26, 2013 10:16 PM

    Of course not! One of 3 things happened.
    1-they detected a masking agent in his urine!
    2- his urine was mostly H2o or so diluted , they couldn’t not get a valid reading
    3- as mentioned above, he refused to take the exam all together!
    Unfortunately , for he, none if the above are a “passing” grade, so unless he wins the appeals process, or if they allow him to retake the test, (poof) imagine that, clean urine! Bottom line, he is guilty of something , just a matter of what! Assume he gets off on a technicality , then what??!!

  21. mydoglouie says: Jul 26, 2013 10:16 PM

    Leaks in general are annoying. But a leak that then contradicts the leak and then is reported on really does show how pathetic media is when it comes to responsible reporting.

  22. donth8thehorns says: Jul 26, 2013 10:18 PM

    IMO , they need to quit pretending they give a $4!T and quit testing in professional sports …. Let them be gladiators and entertain us all

  23. bigblu73 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:19 PM

    @elwaysagenius—-Although it is state legal in Colorado for Miller to smoke, it is against the NFL bylaws for player conduct. Therefore he could/would be suspended for a positive marijuana test.

  24. bennyb82 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:19 PM

    He passed the drug test…just tested positive for the Whizinator.

  25. 619sdfan4life says: Jul 26, 2013 10:19 PM

    How does one get suspended for a banned substance but they tell us it wasn’t drugs. WTF

  26. vgferenzi says: Jul 26, 2013 10:22 PM

    elwaysagenius says:
    Say he tests positive for marijuana, would the fact that it is legal in Colorado mean anything?

    Doubtful. The substance abuse policy is collectively bargained and the supposed incident took place in 2011, before marijuana was made legal.

  27. siknutty says: Jul 26, 2013 10:26 PM

    The league has far more important issues it should be concerned with than marijuana use among its players.

  28. thebigtim2012 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:26 PM

    Biogenesis?

  29. ejphenom says: Jul 26, 2013 10:26 PM

    He’ll beat the case. Because he violated a test but he didn’t violate a drug test and somehow somebody knows something but its’ not what it seems then Aaron Hernandez says ,”See, that’s what happened to me!”
    A bunch of confusion. Smh

  30. vr30 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:30 PM

    I’m thinking he missed a urine test

  31. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 26, 2013 10:32 PM

    Tested off the charts for poultry supplements.

  32. lagg1 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:34 PM

    Say he tests positive for marijuana, would the fact that it is legal in Colorado mean anything?

    That is a very good question that the league should clarify as soon as possible!

  33. skoobyfl says: Jul 26, 2013 10:34 PM

    Where’s there’s smoke, there’s pot.

  34. psychotim says: Jul 26, 2013 10:43 PM

    The “legal” aspect of marijuana in Colorado wouldn’t matter — it’s a banned substance per the NFL, just like how there are a number of legal OTC supplements that are banned.

    (and I put quotes around legal because federal law trumps state law)

  35. robbie41301 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:53 PM

    I hope that’s not a serious question

  36. fearthehoody says: Jul 26, 2013 10:53 PM

    Tested positive for Bejamin Button syndrome. Guy looks old for his age!

  37. briang123 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:55 PM

    Colorado’s meijuama laws have nothing to do with his contract and especially the CBA. And it appears he missed a drug test, likely avoiding it to avoid detection.

  38. Nickstixx says: Jul 26, 2013 10:56 PM

    So if you drink too much water you can fail a drug test?? Athletes drink a lot of water…

  39. @Cereal_22 says: Jul 26, 2013 10:58 PM

    Maybe its because he wears glasses?

  40. justinnaps says: Jul 26, 2013 11:03 PM

    Pretty sure marijuana is on the NFL’s banned substance list, doesn’t matter if it’s legal in Colorado.

  41. carlsbadboltfan says: Jul 26, 2013 11:08 PM

    elwaysagenius says: Jul 26, 2013 9:45 PM

    Say he tests positive for marijuana, would the fact that it is legal in Colorado mean anything?
    ————————————————————————————
    No. It’s still on the NFL’s banned list. Doesn’t matter if it’s legal or not.

  42. marvsleezy says: Jul 26, 2013 11:18 PM

    So, who has access to this information? If its only the player and the NFL, the player should sue the NFL for the leak. He should also sue whoever publishes the leak. That would stop leaking I can tell you that. It would stop the govt from leaking stuff too.

    It should be illegal to publish confidential information that was obtained via leak.

  43. pettergriffen says: Jul 26, 2013 11:23 PM

    he did nothing wrong i swear

    – Ryan Braun

  44. mikebyrne1502 says: Jul 26, 2013 11:39 PM

    I wonder if he didn’t test positive for anything because the urine he gave wasn’t his??? Or like one of those fake pee thingies

  45. scoobies05 says: Jul 26, 2013 11:39 PM

    no. its against nfl rules

  46. descendency says: Jul 26, 2013 11:47 PM

    elwaysagenius says:
    Jul 26, 2013 9:45 PM
    Say he tests positive for marijuana, would the fact that it is legal in Colorado mean anything?

    Certain (over the counter) cold medicines are legal everywhere but contain trace amounts of banned substances. Taking them would earn the same 4 game ban.

  47. pancaketaco says: Jul 27, 2013 12:01 AM

    Maybe he just failed at his attempt to be “fashionable”.

    Seriously, stop trying so hard.

  48. tmcnizzle says: Jul 27, 2013 12:04 AM

    I wouldn’t blame the urine sample collector if I were you.

    Sincerely

    Ryan Braun

  49. bittersportspills says: Jul 27, 2013 12:07 AM

    He’s on Peyton Manning’s team. No suspension coming.

  50. tsuscrumhalf says: Jul 27, 2013 12:07 AM

    No. Even if its legal in CO it’s not across the US & is banned in the CBA.

  51. brendanragan says: Jul 27, 2013 12:11 AM

    Rumblings from Broncos blogs that it was a skipped drug test… Better be because you were at a photo shoot with Roger Goodell at underprivileged youth football camp while signing footballs for NFL Network and discussing the future CBA with the NFLPA and owners present.

    Because otherwise your excuse ain’t worth doodoo.

  52. perry1977 says: Jul 27, 2013 12:13 AM

    Yeah, he tested positive for AWESOME!

  53. kd75 says: Jul 27, 2013 12:20 AM

    So you can get suspended for drinking a lot of water that day?

  54. sikwiddit says: Jul 27, 2013 12:20 AM

    nope weed is still on the nfl’s banned substance list due to the fact the U.S. federal laws still list it as a misdemeanor offense.

  55. randybutternubs79 says: Jul 27, 2013 12:21 AM

    Sounds like a raven fan was responsible for the sample!

    Not sabatoge, just idiocy!

  56. prospero63 says: Jul 27, 2013 12:26 AM

    Doesn’t matter if it’s legal in Colorado. His employer says he can’t use it and he signed a contract agreeing to that effect.

  57. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 27, 2013 12:28 AM

    There is a video on the web of him shooting up. I don’t want to be “that guy” so I’ll leave it at that.

  58. drkknightsw says: Jul 27, 2013 12:33 AM

    hmmm…he obviously tried to alter or skipped a mandatory test. automatic 4 gamer. now, the NFL should make him test again and if he tests positive for marijuana, give his a$$ another 4 gamer.

    i’d love it if this guy is out 8 games for Denver.

    @elwaysagenius, Colorado law is meaningless to the NFL. nfl players are not allowed to test positive for any kind of drug, maybe you should lay off the mary jane as well.

  59. greenmeattruck says: Jul 27, 2013 12:35 AM

    He probably just hit too many QB’s.

    King Goodell wields with a heavy hand his considerable wrath on those who intend to hurt his “Golden Boys”.

  60. miketoddryan says: Jul 27, 2013 12:42 AM

    NFL doesn’t allow it regardless of it being legal in said state.

  61. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 27, 2013 12:44 AM

    elwaysagenius says:
    Jul 26, 2013 9:45 PM
    Say he tests positive for marijuana, would the fact that it is legal in Colorado mean anything?
    __________________________________

    It would, because it is a league policy, and that is not dictated by state laws. That said, with continued advancements in marijuana understanding, and with further decriminalization happening throughout the country, we should expect the NFL to follow the lead.

    After all, marijuana provides no clear advantages towards performance. The NFL needs to focus on more serious substances.

  62. jshamley says: Jul 27, 2013 12:48 AM

    Yes, marijuana is legal in Colorado. That has no bearing on a private corporation’s business. You can legally be refused work or fired for being a cigarette smoker. We don’t have to agree with it, but that’s the way it is.

  63. Iknoweverything says: Jul 27, 2013 12:51 AM

    Please dont tell me Von whipped out the Whizzenator

  64. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 27, 2013 1:23 AM

    elwaysagenius says:

    Say he tests positive for marijuana, would the fact that it is legal in Colorado mean anything?
    _______________________

    At the moment at least I don’t think so. The league is like the feds. They don’t follow state laws that conflict with federal ones unless they consider it to their own benefit.

  65. crip2nite says: Jul 27, 2013 1:25 AM

    Loo

    Marijuana is legal but it is band in the NFL so can’t play that card.

  66. joe400e says: Jul 27, 2013 1:28 AM

    Domestic abuse? assault? What are the odds it could be the Denver DUI trifecta?

  67. boobschannel says: Jul 27, 2013 1:51 AM

    so if he didn’t test positive for something, then that would mean he violated the leagues conduct policy? or got a dui (not sure if he’s had any previous duis)?

    it shouldn’t be hard to narrow down the violation if it isn’t the result of a positive drug test.

  68. SouthTexasRaider says: Jul 27, 2013 2:58 AM

    He tested positive for roids or didn’t wanna produce a sample cause he knew he was dirty. How else you think he won the D.R.O.Y. and got all those sacks ala Brian Cushing.

  69. poormanspoison says: Jul 27, 2013 3:07 AM

    This is all because they wanted him to test while he was on a uso tour with OUR troops. And in order for him to do that he had to be back in Denver within 24hrs. No way possible.. it sounds like the NFL fd this up….no way Roger wants this to get out… Imagine a player getting suspended for supporting the troops…. What if?

  70. jrebar88 says: Jul 27, 2013 3:11 AM

    So can we expect an apology from the media for their misinformation? Accusing Von of taking ecstasy… SMH

  71. seoulslayer says: Jul 27, 2013 3:11 AM

    elwaysagenius says:
    Jul 26, 2013 9:45 PM

    Say he tests positive for marijuana, would the fact that it is legal in Colorado mean anything?

    ——————

    No, it’s still on the list of banned substances.

    Even if it is legal in Colorado by state law, businesses can just fall back on the federal law where it is still illegal.

  72. whodey420 says: Jul 27, 2013 3:25 AM

    He should be suspended for those stupid ass glasses he wears! You HAVE to be high on something to wear something like that!

  73. johanvil says: Jul 27, 2013 3:31 AM

    “Say he tests positive for marijuana, would the fact that it is legal in Colorado mean anything?”

    It possibly would if the Broncos were part of the CFL (Colorado Football League).

    Guess what? They re’ not. They are part of the NFL and it has clear rules regarding drug policy etc.

  74. harrycanyon says: Jul 27, 2013 4:54 AM

    elwaysagenius says: Jul 26, 2013 9:45 PM

    Say he tests positive for marijuana, would the fact that it is legal in Colorado mean anything?

    Doesn’t mean a thing. Even in states where it is legal for some to use it, employers can still test and choose to not hire/fire you for use.
    Kinda stupid in a country that pushes alcohol like it’s a national treasure.

  75. ih1357 says: Jul 27, 2013 5:31 AM

    it doesnt matter. weed is still a banned by the nfl. there are companies that drug test for nicotine and wont hire you if you test positive for that

  76. bernbeard says: Jul 27, 2013 5:45 AM

    Is this another case of Onterrio Smith ( “The Original Whizzinator”) Or he had something urgent to do (not take test). Then I guess in his mind he did nothing wrong (didn’t test positive).

  77. ravensbob says: Jul 27, 2013 6:10 AM

    Elway hires drunks, players getting high. The Jets are actually starting to look more sane.

  78. bauldrdash says: Jul 27, 2013 6:11 AM

    Unfortunately so far the NFL is ignoring Colorado’s and Washington’s law about weed. Testing for recreational drugs is pointless anyways.

  79. nawlins904 says: Jul 27, 2013 7:19 AM

    Masking agent……

  80. sfniners4life says: Jul 27, 2013 7:34 AM

    So its a masking agent or not showing up to take test. Which means it could be anything from pot to ped. I wish nfl would just restless info on what it is so your not relying on a player who just got caught cheating to tell the truth. Just like is Seattle really on addrell or is that there fall back drug to make it not look so bad.

  81. mswravens says: Jul 27, 2013 7:39 AM

    @elwaysnotagenius…it would mean he violated the league’s substance abuse policy…

  82. spamrok says: Jul 27, 2013 7:39 AM

    The legality of Colorado wouldn’t matter. Most supplements that bring a positive ped test are legal substances.

  83. evrybdyhas1 says: Jul 27, 2013 7:56 AM

    If you know you are testing positive don’t take the test and you have plausible deny ability. Smarter than a non deniable positive.

  84. bronco1991 says: Jul 27, 2013 8:15 AM

    So how can you suspend a guy for apparently no reason what so ever?

  85. kerryc21realty says: Jul 27, 2013 8:17 AM

    Pot still illegal as far as the NFL is concerned

  86. cherrybop says: Jul 27, 2013 8:21 AM

    Either he refused to take a urine test when the NFL asked him to – or they caught evidence of a known ‘masking agent’ chemical of some sort in his system. He didn’t get that suspension ‘just because’.

  87. isphet71 says: Jul 27, 2013 8:23 AM

    Whizzinator suspension.

  88. fatthucker says: Jul 27, 2013 8:25 AM

    Can anyone say ‘Biogenesis’? NFL doesn’t test for HGH, so of course there is no positive drug test

  89. justintuckrule says: Jul 27, 2013 8:53 AM

    As long as he’s only suspended week 2, I’m cool with it.

  90. reesesteel23 says: Jul 27, 2013 9:05 AM

    Hilarious…

    2 Comments on the article saying Von Miller’s suspension isn’t for a positive drug test

    120+ Comments on the article saying he May have failed a drug test

  91. simmsmann1110 says: Jul 27, 2013 9:49 AM

    He knows what he did. Just another entertainer practicing his part for post football Hollywood acting career.
    What will it take for fans to wake up!

  92. sdakota says: Jul 27, 2013 10:11 AM

    i will put my money on the suspension, he obviously did not show up for testing or had a diluted test, meaning he tried to beat the system
    he sounds like a rod, b. bonds and ryan braun, i wish one of these athletes would tell the truth just once. if that ever happens i will probably go play the lottery because i have a better chance at that than one of these accused athletes telling the truth

  93. granadafan says: Jul 27, 2013 10:21 AM

    He’s a Bronco, so he likely went the DJ Williams and submitted animal urine.

    @sdakota, are you 10 years old? Use some punctuation.

  94. rubicon202 says: Jul 27, 2013 10:52 AM

    He wasn’t sure the vinegar would work…

  95. fryeways says: Jul 27, 2013 11:10 AM

    An unnamed source says something undisclosed happened. Seems legit.

  96. moezilla says: Jul 27, 2013 11:12 AM

    ….ohhhh pretty, pretty, pretty please can I also answer the question posted by “elwaysnotagenius”?

  97. nodindenver says: Jul 27, 2013 12:57 PM

    This story has become nothing but a bunch of bad leaks from unnamed sources. All I know is that the doobie he smoked, at some point, will cost him millions of dollars when his contract expires due to everybody knowing he is in the program and on thin ice for the big one!

  98. fatthucker says: Jul 27, 2013 3:48 PM

    How can me, Adrian Peterson and thebigtim2012 be the only ones to suggest HGH and Biogenesis? he didn’t fail a test because there is no test for HGH! i think this a no-brainer

  99. bartlettruss says: Aug 9, 2013 9:34 AM

    Anyone who thinks that marijuana is a “performance enhancing drug” has never smoked marijuana.

  100. bartlettruss says: Aug 9, 2013 9:36 AM

    The link to Biogenesis is just a guess, but it’s not a bad one. A-Rod never failed a test either.

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