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Von Miller was lucky to be suspended only six games

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Sunday’s news that Broncos linebacker Von Miller conspired with a sample collector to cheat drug tests broke ground only as it related to the involvement of the collector.  It already was known generally that Miller had done something to try to beat the test.

For Miller, it ultimately was a good thing that a collector was implicated.  By all appearances and based on everything we’ve been told, the NFLPA seized on the involvement of the league’s representative to reduce Miller’s ultimate punishment, dramatically.

We’ve heard that the league wanted to suspend Miller for as much as a year.  Without the collector’s involvement, it could have happened — especially since the NFL still has the ability to issue the discipline and to resolve the appeal in cases involving violations of the substance-abuse policy.

In any other workplace, Miller could have been at risk of something much worse than a one-year suspension.  Employees who affirmatively disrupt an employer’s internal investigation processes routinely are deemed to be unfit to remain.

He didn’t test positive for anything,” an unnamed source told USA Today in late July.  In hindsight, the comment is laughable.

Of course Miller didn’t test positive.  He didn’t test positive because he cheated the test.

If the collector hadn’t been involved, and if the NFLPA hadn’t pushed it so aggressively, Miller would have had a lot longer than six weeks to ponder the consequences of his conduct.

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21 Responses to “Von Miller was lucky to be suspended only six games”
  1. ccjcsr says: Sep 25, 2013 7:53 AM

    Whizzenator will make a return!

  2. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 25, 2013 7:56 AM

    The cover-up was far worse than the crime.

  3. honkeyt says: Sep 25, 2013 8:00 AM

    He should have gotten a year.

  4. floratiotime says: Sep 25, 2013 8:09 AM

    The NFL always tries to downplay potentially damaging scandals. It’s kind of like ‘too big to fail’. Ask a certain coach in New England how that works.

  5. godofwine330 says: Sep 25, 2013 8:31 AM

    The funniest thing about this post is that Ponder is used in the last sentence and a Christian Ponder story is right before it.

    But honestly Florio is right. Cheating on a drug test would mean banishment. Onterrio Smith AKA The Whizzinator was suspended for a year, but that was his 3rd positive. But the way that he tried to beat the test could have gotten him suspended much longer.

  6. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 25, 2013 8:42 AM

    Just watch … Upon his return, the intimidating Denver Broncos will turn into a .500 team. Just watch.

  7. colv says: Sep 25, 2013 9:05 AM

    The league should be ashamed. Cheating on a drug test is minimum year but should be banishment. Really bad signals the NFL is sending this year.

  8. jlb10 says: Sep 25, 2013 9:37 AM

    yeah sure seems they cut the broncos and miller a huge break here. and sure seems to happen to the media darlings. like in the northeast

  9. fdugrad says: Sep 25, 2013 9:42 AM

    Miller IS unfit to remain…except he has world class skills, which places him in a different category with the NFL, namely the “he gets another chance” category.

  10. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 25, 2013 9:56 AM

    If the collector hadn’t been involved, and if the NFLPA hadn’t pushed it so aggressively, Miller would have had a lot longer than six weeks to ponder the consequences of his conduct.
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    Funny I’d think the fact that he corrupted a collector into aiding his scheme would make the punishment far worse, not less. I doubt very much the collector went to him first and none at all that Miller was the instigator.

  11. kando53 says: Sep 25, 2013 10:08 AM

    Not saying that any of this never happened, but it would be really nice if someone actually printed a story containing proof of what is alleged to have occurred. Like how in the world did they find out that the collector actually collaborated with Miller?

  12. nesuperfan says: Sep 25, 2013 10:16 AM

    Where is the deterrent? You take drugs, and you know you will be caught, and get a four-game suspension anyway. So you decide, since I am going to get four games, why not try to cheat the test. Even if you are caught, you only get 6 games. The risk-reward says that you try to cheat the system.
    He should have gotten a year. That is a real deterrent to anyone trying that again.

  13. corvusrex96 says: Sep 25, 2013 10:21 AM

    I understand they caught him and the collector b/c the sample was shipped from another state making it impossible for Miller to be present. Another collector noticed this and turned them in.

  14. paulsaddy says: Sep 25, 2013 10:55 AM

    The reason he didn’t get a year is because the collector represents the nfl and he initiated the idea. It’s like having a teacher offers you the answers to an exam and then expelling you when you get caught. You can’t use standard protocol. Miller needs to use his own judgement, but its not as simple as suspending him for a full year. The nfl and goodell would have a target on their back.

  15. somethingsmellsrotten says: Sep 25, 2013 10:57 AM

    He didn’t get any longer because he plays for the NFL’s little darling team…everything is rigged for the most obnoxious, arrogant franchise in the league.

  16. forsbergler says: Sep 25, 2013 11:07 AM

    My broncos are going to be a beast when we get this guy back!

  17. csr1976 says: Sep 25, 2013 11:58 AM

    I love it how whenever a team does well everyone accuses them of being “The little darling” I don’t think the Broncos were the “Little Darling” when we had Orton or Bubby Brister and we sucked. So we field a good team and now people are pissed that the media is excited about how good we are doing.

    It is such sour grapes.

    Get over it people wait 2 years when Payton is retired and we suck again then you can climb down off your high horses and complain about the Seahawks or whoever is the flavor of the week.

    Look Von Miller should have been suspended but you can’t dole out the maximum punishments every time. Look at bounty-gate the unions have so much power and the players, unions, leagues etc all have so much money for attorneys that the appeals process with just get the big penalties reduced it is better to hit them with a more reasonable but substantial punishment and have it stick.

  18. joetoronto says: Sep 25, 2013 12:03 PM

    colv says:
    Sep 25, 2013 9:05 AM
    The league should be ashamed. Cheating on a drug test is minimum year but should be banishment. Really bad signals the NFL is sending this year.
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    Very well said, the NFL really blew it here.

  19. kando53 says: Sep 25, 2013 12:25 PM

    corvusrex96: Thanks for that bit of info. That’s the first I have even heard of anything remotely like evidence, and that would certainly get someone’s attention. Rather stupid on the collector’s part, so serves them both right, lol.

  20. frostymugobeer says: Sep 25, 2013 3:06 PM

    Everyone who thinks Von and/or the Broncos are getting a break here need to understand one thing.
    this “collector” and probably many others have the goods on several top players in the NFL.
    the NFL does NOT want to air all it’s dirty laundry right now.
    they want to show a little force and deal with the HUndreds of other cases under the table.

    if anything Von is taking one for the team here….and by team I mean the entire league.

  21. marima07 says: Sep 25, 2013 3:37 PM

    Von Miller only got six games because the league cares more about it’s perception of lily-white pureness more than with the fact that their collection system is corrupt.

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