Report: Von Miller suspension not for a positive drug test

AP

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.

100 responses to “Report: Von Miller suspension not for a positive drug test

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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?
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    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

  5. “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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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 …

  9. 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.

  10. 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.
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    Say he tests positive for marijuana, would the fact that it is legal in Colorado mean anything?

  11. 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.

  12. 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??!!

  13. 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.

  14. @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.

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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

  18. 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!

  19. 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)

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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”.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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?

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

  36. 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.

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

  38. “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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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

  41. 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).

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

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

  44. 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.

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

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

  47. 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’.

  48. 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

  49. 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!

  50. 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

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

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

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

  53. 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!

  54. 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

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