LB Von Miller, Broncos, suspended over tampering with his urine sample and drug use causes an interesting and passionate conversation on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown. The commentators speak from the heart about their backgrounds and how Miller’s decisions are hurting him long term. This candid, unconventional segment is remarkable because it is so uncommon for the commentators to show this level of personal interest in a specific player and case. Here is the transcript. What do you think?
Trey Wingo: Guys, the Broncos are off to a great start here, Key, but now they have Ryan Clady out for the year and now this looming issue with Von Miller. How much can this be a problem going forward for the Denver Broncos? They don’t trust this guy to do the right things.
Keyshawn Johnson: Well, I think overall, though, when you look at the organization as a whole they’ve had some off the field problems with the front office. Now, Von Miller with this situation. And they have to somehow get him back on the football field and get his mind right. Because you don’t want to have him lingering out there thinking he can continue to do these sorts of things and get away with it. I mean just little bitty things that continuously get him in trouble all the time.
Now, how that happens I don’t know, Tommy. But somebody needs to step up and really lend a hand.
Tom Jackson: Von is a man. Von Miller is not some kid going to school. Von Miller is a man. And with the money, with the position that he has, with the skill that he has that has given him this job comes a responsibility. And he better start understanding that.
We can talk about what people need to do. His dad is now staying with him trying to watch him 24/7. You have to take responsibility for what you do. I got a speeding ticket on Tuesday. That ticket was sent in by mail Wednesday morning so I will not risk the chance of being arrested somewhere in the state of Ohio. You have responsibilities. He has hurt the football team, himself, his money, the organization, the city and the fans. Now what, what’s left for him to not understand. And I like Von Miller. This may do damage to our relationship. He needs to understand his responsibility to the Denver Broncos and to himself and his family and everybody else that depends and roots for him.
Cris Carter: But what it really speaks to is, and I can speak to this. The young man gotta make a decision what he gonna do with his life. Alright. For him to be suspended for 6 games that means there multiple tests. That means he’s a habitual user of some type of street drug. And on this day, this weekend, this was the first weekend 22 years ago that I didn’t have a drink. September 19th was a Friday, yesterday 22 years ago. You gotta make a decision. You have to be a grown man and make grown decisions. And if you want to play in the NFL it’s not your right. It’s a privilege. And he has a problem that’s bigger than playing football right now. And he’s gonna have to resolve that, Coach.
Mike Ditka: You guys are exactly right. I mean, I really can’t really add alot to that. But, I don’t know where he’s getting all this expert advice. But I tell you what, he’s flirting with disaster. He’s going down a bad, lonely road. And once, if the Broncos can keep winning without him they’re gonna figure out hey, maybe we don’t need this guy around here. Maybe we can save this money and give it to someone who’s gonna appreciate it. That’s gonna happen.
Cris Carter: Trey, you said something very important. And the word trust because that was one of the last words, Buddy Ryan, he said to me before he cut me. He said, I can’t trust you. Now you talk about some hurt.
Trey Wingo: I can still see it in your face. That still resonates with you today all these years later.
Cris Carter: Man.. I mean, because that’s what you want to be you want to be- dependable. No matter what you do you put your heart into it you want to be good at it. But when people don’t trust you, they don’t believe in you that’s hard to overcome.
Mike Ditka: Hey Chris, that statement made you trust yourself. You changed your whole life. Why doesn’t he understand the only one who can make his problem right is him?
Tom Jackson: We are all capable of making mistakes. I mean we’re all human beings. I’m not going to be a hypocrite. I made mistakes when I played. But the fact of the matter is if you think about your Von. For the next 12-13 years, Von Miller can’t do anything. He can do nothing. So, he had better resolve himself to the way he is going to be for the rest of his football career.
Trey Wingo: Just the fact that his parents felt like they had to go there and take care of that for him. At some point, as you said Coach, Von Miller’s got to take this upon himself to make those changes. We’ll see what happens as the Broncos move on without him Monday night when they take on the Raiders right here on ESPN.
What do you think of the Von Miller situation and mini-intervention on ESPN?