Outside linebacker for the Denver Broncos Von Miller, was handed his walking papers for violating the NFL drug policy. Miller is officially suspended for six games during the regular season for testing positive for marijuana.
According to a Aug. 20, report by the NFL, Miller made a statement related to his suspension, "Although my suspension doesn't result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules," Miller said. He clearly give a conflicting statement in claiming that he did not test positive but yet he admits to ignoring the NFL drug policy.
Missing six games is substantial and may jeopardize the 2013-2014 season for the Broncos? Miller continued in his statement, "I made mistakes and my suspension has hurt my team, Broncos fans, and myself. I am especially sorry for the effect of my bad decisions on others."
Miller claims that he won't make the same mistake again, however this incident is his second infraction. According to two sources, a diluted sample caused Miller's most recent violation. The Broncos could also face financial penalties for repeated offenses.
Unfortunately for Miller, the NFL drug policy doe's not take into consideration Colorado state's legalization of recreational marijuana.
A natural gift and talent for athletics is no substitute for common sense and professionalism. For the Denver fan's sake, let's hope that the team perseveres without a key player for the six week stint.