Von Miller: I didn’t bat the ball, I was trying to scoop and score

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Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller is now saying he didn’t illegally bat the ball after Cam Newton fumbled with four minutes left in the Super Bowl.

Although Miller told Peter King of TheMMQB.com that when he hit the loose ball after Newton’s fumble he was “trying to, I don’t know, get it to one of our guys,” Miller revised that comment today on ESPN. Miller said today that he was trying to pick the ball up when he knocked it back toward the Panthers’ goal line, where Broncos safety T.J. Ward jumped on it.

“I don’t know what the Peter King article came out as, but honestly, I was trying to scoop it up and go score. If you watch the film again, I am trying to scoop it and score. If I batted it, it’s totally different. I was trying to scoop and score,” Miller said.

If Miller had batted it back intentionally and the officials had seen it, it would have been a penalty and the Panthers would have kept the ball. But Miller says that’s not what he was doing.

83 responses to “Von Miller: I didn’t bat the ball, I was trying to scoop and score

  1. The fact that there is this much controversy surrounding the play in addition to the crimes committed by Peyton Manning 20 years ago can mean only that Denver should vacate its 3 Lombardis.

  2. RIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHT!!!!!!!!

    Hard to scoop and score from the ground. Nobody was going to call you for it anyway, since it looked like you were trying to make a play on the ball from your position, but don’t insult our intelligence.

  3. when you watch that replay, it gives Von’s comments credit. He was absolutely wanting to take that ball in for a score.

    Put yourself in that position. The ball is loose and you can see the end zone…. Show me 1 player that doesn’t want that ball in their hands while heading into the end zone in the Super Bowl.

  4. Not a Broncos fan but it sure looked like he was batting it away from the scrum of bodies in an attempt to recover it himself

  5. You omitted the early part of his statement, “Now that my agent has explained the rule to me, what I meant to say was…”

  6. Just a quick reminder to all PFT writers. Each and every reference to a Denver Bronco player, coach, staff member, or fan must be prefaced with the term World Champion.
    Thank you.

  7. Given the fact he plays with taped fingers it is not hard to believe what he says. It’s difficult to scoop up a football with one hand while your middle and ring fingers are tapped together. Try it yourself and see, you’ll end up batting the ball instead.

  8. 25 years ago I accidentally took a Reese’s peanut butter cup at the movies without paying. Just a matter of time before this site dredges that up so I’m admitting it now…

  9. I’m sure some people got away with holding at some point in the game. Whatever his intent, it only matters what the refs call. Unless, there was a over the top strategy to deceive the refs…which this doesn’t hold at all.

  10. Referee mistakes are part of the game. Bad calls go both ways all the time. Seriously, if the NFL “rigged” the Superbowl for one team do you know how many people would have to be in the loop on that? You could never keep the lid on it. Goodell works for the owners and does nothing without their say-so. Do you really think the owners want him divvying out wins for certain teams and not for others?

    Conspiracy theorists are a joke to most rational people.

  11. Honestly on a play like that it is so bang-bang it would be impossible to say purposely flipped it to his teammate. It wasn’t like he was running after a loose ball and flipped it to a teammate. It shot out by his foot and that was that.

    On a side note, if he did indeed flip a lose ball off the ground behind his back to his teammate then we should all be impressed.

    Question on the illegal touch rule anyways. Isn’t their illegal touching on every onside kick? The ball goes up and the kicking team essentially tries to bat the ball to other teammates.

    This is a dumb rule…

  12. buffalostarwarsfan says:
    Feb 18, 2016 12:24 PM
    It’d be nice if the NFL would allow video to see the light of day. God forbid they let us see the play being discussed if they can’t make any money off of it directly.

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    it’s on nfl.com, two different angles.

  13. igornathanhiggers says:
    Feb 18, 2016 12:21 PM

    I think I’m banned because everytime I try to comment on a Lesean McCoy story… It never makes it through…
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    Me too.

  14. Put yourself in that position. The ball is loose and you can see the end zone…. Show me 1 player that doesn’t want that ball in their hands while heading into the end zone in the Super Bowl.
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    One player? Ok, Camera Newton.

  15. Patriots fans be like “is there any way that since that was a bad call, you could give us the trophy instead, and Maybe apologize for making all those jokes about us for the past 10 years?”

  16. Maybe the NFL should allow us to hear what the replay officials are discussing also let us see the replays that they see that would make all of these delays a whole lot more exciting it beats watching the same play 100 times and listening to these sad commentators on TV try to fill the time with their aimless babble

  17. If there’s any uncalled penalty I could give less of a hoot about than “illegally batting the ball”, I have not heard of it.

  18. Doesn’t Matter anyway he made a great play,his effort on the ball shouldn’t be in question anyway,it’s a bad rule to begin with,you should be able to bat the ball back to your advantage anyway it’s a loose ball it’s gonna bounce around anyway,he made a better effort than Cam,did and we world champs chumps,all you hater ass fans bow down and drink orange hater-aid!!!

  19. On to the next season. Only ones who care about last season are the Broncos fans, and they get to enjoy being fans of the Super Bowl champs …until week 1 kicks off.

  20. Every game has bad calls. Even Super Bowls. Broncos got the benefit of this one. If Cam Newton and the Panthers had lived up to the hype it would not have mattered. Broncos won the game and now everybody is 0-0. Why rehash this?

  21. therick5000 says:
    Feb 18, 2016 12:56 PM

    25 years ago I accidentally took a Reese’s peanut butter cup at the movies without paying. Just a matter of time before this site dredges that up so I’m admitting it now…

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    Hahaha! Well played. I almost fell out of my chair laughing.

  22. Says the guy who was caught bribing a urine PED tester. Sorry Von, you lost all credibility years ago. *

  23. mikeremmersisvonsturnstile says:
    Feb 18, 2016 12:36 PM

    when you watch that replay, it gives Von’s comments credit. He was absolutely wanting to take that ball in for a score.

    Put yourself in that position. The ball is loose and you can see the end zone…. Show me 1 player that doesn’t want that ball in their hands while heading into the end zone in the Super Bowl.
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    1 player that wouldn’t want that ball in that situation, that’s easy: Cam Newton, final answer

  24. and the panthers would’ve won and cam wouldn’t have sulked and shaun king would be happy and peyton’s thing would’ve stayed in his towel and not on a woman’s head and all would be right with the world.

  25. Funny that the team that was supposed to dominate the Broncos, the team that was supposed to end the game at halftime, the team that was supposed to start a dynasty is the team that is making the more excuses. They even enrolled the mainstream media to discredit the winner team at any cost.

  26. i cant blame von miller here for trying to help his team win, but you know who the real enemy is? JPP!!! think about it. jpp “acidentaly” blew of his fingers in a fireworks misshap so now he cant grip a football and thus cant get called for ilegal batting. heady move imo. but its a copycat league folks and now von miller and others are realizing it would violate the equal protection clause of the nfl rule book to only throw a flag on 10-fingered players, so their just gonna keep battin balls until the comish steps in to proect the shield.

  27. The Patriots weren’t even playing, so why would any of their fans say that?

    I’m thinking you just made that up.

  28. He was trying to grab at the ball. When he originally said we was trying to bat it, I figured he was just saying that so he would look like he was in control, and he has a contract coming up for renewal. Had Carolina recovered the fumble it might have been a different game. That was a huge fumble, and he didn’t want to admit that he flubbed it, but the tape clearly shows he was unsuccessfully grabbing at the ball, not batting it.

  29. Who cares what he did or what his intentions were. There are always a few missed calls, or penalties that should or, shouldn’t have been called in every football game. It could be in the preseason or the Super Bowl, it’s part of the game. It brings a human element to that’s always been there, and hopefully always will be there.

  30. The game is over and Denver won. What I think everyone is missing is that he just came out a few day ago and admitted that he batted the ball in the hope that one of his teammates recovered. Either way it wasn’t an obvious bat, like in the Seattle/Detroit game from earlier this year, so to me the play itself is not a big deal but when you come out and tell everyone that you were doing one thing and then days later come out with a different version it makes you look stupid. Or worse that he thinks that us fans are that stupid to now believe this version of the story. It wasn’t a penalty anyway cause it wasn’t deliberate so I don’t know why you come out and try to cover it up now. It just makes him look like a total liar that thinks us fans are complete idiots and will forget what he said just days ago. He should have just left this alone.

  31. orange and blue owns the NFL
    Feb 18, 2016, 12:47 PM EST
    I watched the film several times and all I see is Denver Broncos Super Bowl Champs!

    So now I know in the future you’re just gonna be one of those pink hat fans. We all know that Denver won the game and that Miller did absolutely nothing wrong on the play. There was no penalty to call. But are you so blinded by your love affair with the team that you don’t see when someone is blatantly lying to you. A few days ago he said he batted it and now he’s trying to tell everyone that he was trying to scoop it. Again he didn’t commit a penalty but why try to lie to everyone after the fact. All it does is make him look like a liar when he didn’t need to comment further on the play. I just don’t like when people tell an obvious lie and think we’re going to be dumb enough to believe it.

  32. Denver was up by 6. Carolina was 3rd and 9. The fumble occurred -9 yards. The 10 yard penalty for batting would have been enforced at the spot of the fumble by rule.

    That means the 10 yard penalty would have made it 3rd and 8 from the Carolina 26.

    I guess that’s still a chance, but it was still a dire situation for Carolina based on the way the Denver defense was playing at the time and Denver was two plays from winning the game.

  33. skittlesareyum says:
    Feb 18, 2016 1:19 PM

    If there’s any uncalled penalty I could give less of a hoot about than “illegally batting the ball”, I have not heard of it.

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    Lions’ fans care about it, just not the refs or Jim Caldwell, apparently.

  34. buffalostarwarsfan says:
    Feb 18, 2016 12:24 PM
    It’d be nice if the NFL would allow video to see the light of day. God forbid they let us see the play being discussed if they can’t make any money off of it directly.
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    Come on… the NFL uploaded the video of this exact play to YouTube on February 7th, 2016… which happens to be the DAY OF THE SUPER BOWL.

    And it’s pretty obvious he’s trying to grab the ball. It’s a bang-bang play, Cam hasn’t even hit the ground yet when the supposed ‘bat’ happens.

    It’s a non-story.

  35. What EVERYONE will remember about SB 50 is that one shot….that iconic pose….of Cam Newton standing over the pile, just looking at the live ball…and doing nothing.

  36. Aybtcr475 says:
    Feb 18, 2016 1:59 PM
    Remember when Denver’s defense smashed overrated tom brady in the AFCCG. That was glorious.

    Yeaah, 2 injured receivers, no starters in the oline, that’s what you call glorious? I call it lucky the Pats lost to Miami. You lose that game in NE without your binky refs. Anyone with the sense of a gnat knows this.

    You barely got by Pittsburg as well. Setting the bar kinda low aren’t you?

  37. Read the rules buddy. A foul for batted ball recovered by def goes back to the def where it acurred. It’s still a turnover just might be 10 yards back.

  38. The entire team lied and cheated their way to a Super Bowl victory, meanwhile the refs were also helping them the entire way because the NFL’s golden boy was retiring.

    Now watch the NFL sweep all this sexual assault and HGH stuff under the rug…

  39. Just like the 96-97 seasons when the Broncos won 2 Super Bowls while they were CHEATING the salary cap, and the NFL just gave them a slap on the wrist.

  40. therick5000 says:
    Feb 18, 2016 12:56 PM
    25 years ago I accidentally took a Reese’s peanut butter cup at the movies without paying. Just a matter of time before this site dredges that up so I’m admitting it now…

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    Right. And then the posters of this site will logically conclude that you have lied, cheated and stolen virtually every second of your life. You will be given credit for no accomplishments. Everything in your life will be tainted forever. You will be given no proper burial but be excommunicated from the Community of Man.

  41. Yeaah, 2 injured receivers, no starters in the oline, that’s what you call glorious? I call it lucky the Pats lost to Miami. You lose that game in NE without your binky refs. Anyone with the sense of a gnat knows this.

    You barely got by Pittsburg as well. Setting the bar kinda low aren’t you?
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    LOL

    NE before the AFCCG: We will crush Denver, we have Edelman, Gronk, and Hightower back, Denver has no chance

    NE after the AFCCG: Brady got sacked because the OL sucks

    NE after the SB: Manning got sacked because he is a chocker

    Ironically, in SB 49 5 starters of Seattle where with some sort of injury (3 left the game), but I guess the “injury” excuse is only valid for New England, the masters of the double standards.

  42. Denver wins their first SB in like 25 years and all their fans want to talk about is the Patriots and their fans lol.

    And I didn’t know winning by 2 points at home is “destroying the overrated Tom Brady”

    Brady is the best ever and the team I root for has more SBs than anyone in 30 years. Pats fans will be fine.

    And notice how many new Broncos login names there are now? Where were they all in January?

  43. Dumb rule – this should just highlight why the ban on batting should be removed from the rulebook. What’s so bad about a loose ball once in a while? Let them run a little bit.

  44. Doesn’t matter. Not a Broncos fan by any means but this guy had a legendary postseason. It’s silly to be arguing about this, especially because the SB is over and Denver would have won with that defense anyway.

  45. I don’t think he could have been trying to scoop and score because he was on the ground being contacted.

    That being said it didn’t look illegal initially and was a smart move if he meant to do it.

    Also even if the Panthers got a first down, they weren’t going to drive 75 more yards to win the game I don’t think they could have managed 7 yards.

  46. This is like an alternate history essay. The events are etched into the memories of the 110 million people who watched the game. It cannot be undone.

  47. Just to keep things in perspective, the Broncs beat the Pats because of a missed extra point, but they dominated and pretty much humiliated the Panthers and their QB.

  48. wow..Broncos fans can’t fully enjoy their SB victory due to an unhealthy preoccupation with New England. While bizarre, I find it amusing. People in NE couldn’t care any less about Denver and expect to see the Pats throttle them and their depleted roster next year. I guess that makes N.E. fans arrogant and the team cheaters (or some old tired mantra). And I’d suggest that you enjoy the off season…but you wont, at least not entirely.

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