Von Miller's appeals hearing delayed due to "complications" following idiotic weekend arrest

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Update: We're just receiving reports that Von Miller's appeal of his four-game suspension for allegedly violating the NFL's drug policy has been delayed because of "complications."

This is presumably a reference to his arrest over the weekend on a bench warrant active since shortly after he skipped out on a court appearance in December.

The reason? Alleged traffic violations two months earlier.

Too soon to know for certain if this is good news or bad news for Miller -- but our money's on the latter. Any hopes of a lesser suspension seem gone now, thanks to an off-the-charts act of idiocy we detail in our previous coverage below.

Original post, 5:46 a.m.: Here's something many of us never thought we'd see, even after Von Miller was threatened with suspension, allegedly in connection with a failed drug test: The Broncos all-pro linebacker posing for a mug shot.

But so it has come to pass, and at the worst possible time -- mere hours before the NFL decides whether or not to put Miller on the shelf for four games at the start of a season in which Denver has been touted as a top Super Bowl contender. Still, his biggest crime appears to be idiocy.

No question about Miller's off-the-charts talent on the gridiron, as made clear in our latest Best of Denver issue, when we named him Best Bronco. Here's that blurb:

With all due respect to Peyton Manning, with whom we're absolutely thrilled to share a state, Von Miller is the member of the Broncos who most exemplifies the future of the franchise. His incredible speed, which has quickly turned him into one of the NFL's most feared pass-rushers, deflects attention from the sort of strength and power that allows him to be an every-down player instead of a specialist. And his enthusiasm for the game, marked by sack dances that range from the silly to the incredibly silly, is downright infectious. We look forward to watching him wreak havoc for many, many years to come.
Unfortunately, Miller's future became cloudier last month, when news came down that he faced a four-game suspension over banned substances.

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Miller as seen immediately after being drafted by the Broncos.
No, they weren't performance-enhancing drugs. The Denver Post has reported that Miller tested positive in 2011, his rookie season, for marijuana and amphetamines, with the latter being characterized in some quarters as the club favorite Molly.

To confirm the obvious: Even if one objects to the NFL's policies on recreational substances (and that's certainly a discussion worth having), Miller's actions were stupid -- but not as moronic as him apparently skipping one or more testing sessions mandated by the league's intervention system. That's what triggered the possible suspension, not a new positive.

In the wake of this news, Miller's statements, marked by what seemed like genuine contrition, as well as his importance to the team and a league always looking for new defensive stars with bright personalities, had a lot of us convinced the NFL would show some leniency toward the baller -- perhaps a two-game suspension, rather than four. But in all likelihood, such prospects are out the window now, thanks to what went down on Sunday.
From the Centennial Gun Club Facebook page
As pointed out by TMZ (these five words are almost never a good thing), Miller showed up at the Centennial Gun Club and Range to do some shooting on that day. As part of the operation's due diligence, staffers ran a background check and immediately triggered a flag: He reportedly has had an active bench warrant in his name since January, related to an October bust for careless driving, driving without a license and no proof of insurance.

Why? Miller had a court date on December 31, but he never showed up, resulting in the warrant -- and his current humiliation.

Is there any upbeat way to consider this situation? Well, his irresponsibility in the case of the ticket suggests that he might have actually just forgotten about the NFL drug test, as opposed to bailing on it because he knew he'd been rolling dirty. But that's about it. Miller's latest wound, like his first, is entirely self-inflicted -- an example of a pampered, coddled athlete under the delusion that none of society's rules apply to him.

He's learning differently now, but the Broncos, and the squad's fans, are going to be punished as well, by almost certainly being without Miller for the first month of the season. He's going to have to wise up fast, or else our excitement about watching him for many years to come could well turn out to be a mere fantasy.

Look below to see a 7News report on the Miller developments, followed by his summons, also obtained by the station, and a larger version of his booking photo.

Von Miller Summons and Complaint

Von Miller.

More from our Denver Blogs archive: "Von Miller's drug test failed because of marijuana and Molly?"

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Brandon Charles Haug
Brandon Charles Haug

that's a laugh. I'm to young to have a wife. & your profile actually says "studied at the school for hard knocks" judging by that you probably are a hs grad at most. old troll with no life. feel for you.


I got one better.  If he owns the firearm he was using at said Centennial Gun Club and he TESTED POSITIVE FOR AMPHETAMINES and MARIJUANA on drug tests, HE PROBALY LIED ON HIS FEDERAL FORMS TO PURCHASE A FIREARM.  A federal firearms licensed dealer has the prospective purchaser fill out a form 4473 which requires a background check and the prospective purchaser to affirm they are actually elligible to purchase a firearm under federal law.  Illegal drug use disqualifies a person from being eligible to own a firearm UNDER FEDERAL LAW and is felony with fines and up to 5 years in prison.  If he purchased that gun at that range's gunshop, I think the ATF has some work to do in Broncoland.

Trent Warren
Trent Warren

How could it be 'good' news? It only delays the hearing; it doesn't cancel or resolve the situation...


well--cops don't go out picking people up on bench warrants for FTA's on traffic tickets. Usually what happens is people space out their court date, and when they remember it they call the court, and the clerk tells them to come in, pay the warrant fee, set a new date, and the warrant is quashed. As a lawyer I've done this for people a hundred times. When there is a problem is when, before the person remembers he blew the date and takes care of it, he gets pulled over again, for something as harmless as failing to signal a turn. Then, he'll get booked. What I can't figure out from the story is, it looks like there was no second traffic violation, he just showed up at a private shooting range to shoot some targets. Did the shooting range call the cops when they came up with the warrant on their background check? Since when did they become agents of the police department?

Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien

"typical undereducated internet troll comment" said by the guy who starts every sentence with que. you seem like a wife beating NFL fan with no sense of humor so go back to community college

Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

One thing Shanahan had going for him is he didn't tolerate players who don't follow rules. I'd suggest that's a Broncos tradition that needs to return. Since Shanahan's been gone there are Broncos antics all over the news, particularly in the offseason. There's a correlation between behaving acceptably on and off the field, and it should be a positive correlation, not a negative one.

Brandon Charles Haug
Brandon Charles Haug

Que "who cares" comments from the peanut gallery. Maybe all broncos fans cause he's your franchise player on defense.. who is suspended for 4 games and seems to have gone off the deep end since. That's a big who cares isn't it.

Tom Current
Tom Current

If he's had a warrant out since January, why haven't the cops come to get him? It's not like he is real hard to find...

michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Brandon Charles Haug The Broncos fans at Westword agree with you Brandon. Thanks for the post.

michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Tom Current You make a good point, Tom. Thanks for posting.

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