Von Miller, star linebacker for the Denver Broncos and former Texas Aggie football star from days gone by, has received official notice on Aug. 20, 2013, that he’s out for six games due to his violation of NFL policy. Will Brinson of CBS Sports reported that the NFL has ruled today that Miller is suspended for six games, which is a signficant blow to Miller as well as the Denver Broncos.
Of course, the policy violations have centered on testing positive for drugs, yet Miller as recently as a month ago, protested his innocence on Twitter:
Seeing reports abt 4 game susp. I know I did nothing wrong. I’m sure this’ll be resolved fairly. Disapp. Broncos have 2 open camp like this. –Von Miller (@MillerLite40)
Exactly what is it about Aggie football players (current and former) that they choose to live on Twitter and communicate every thought, whether erudite or egregrious, in 140 characters or less?
Miller has been vocal in the past few days regarding his impending likely suspension for violating NFL policy. Analysts tend to agree that what might have been potentially a judgment of a four-game suspension may have been boosted up to six, simply because Miller kept talking. That, and there are of course increased penalties for various levels of infractions.
On Aug. 20, Bleacherreport.com shared the statement Miller released today regarding his suspension.
The Substances of Abuse policy requires everyone to comply with the rules. Although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules. 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. I will not make the same mistakes about adhering to the policy in the future. During my time off the field, I will work tirelessly and focus exclusively on remaining in peak shape. I look forward to contributing immediately upon my return to the field and bringing a championship back to the people of Denver.
Already, though, the public is being polled about the penalty to their favorite team and their favorite linebacker. BleacherReport.com has offered a debate zone post good for the next two days, where you can register your opinions on whether you believe the Miller Suspension is fair. The jokes are coming in as well from around the NFL and Twitter communities. ESPN insider Adam Schefter wised off four days ago with “Confirmed: A-Rod’s associates did not turn in Von Miller.” That’s what violation of NFL and NCAA rules have come down to for at least two Aggies, a joke.
Miller’s statement is true enough that his suspension has hurt his team, the fans and himself. He apologizes for the effects of his bad decisions on others. That’s an honest and appropriate statement to make—and that’s the crux of the problem of every athlete who’s been uplifted to “rock star” and pedestal level, it would seem.
They forget that they’re part of a team, they forget that they are to follow rules, policies, and adhere to standard, reasonable expectations of behavior and that the rules apply to everyone. At least Miller has accepted the suspension, owned the behavior, and promptly issued a statement that is clearly sincere and he’ll be back in the game soon enough and have his life on track, just like the defensive star he is. Good things ahead for Von Miller, to be sure.
Here at home at Texas A&M, for everyone who stands and holds a copy of rule book in their hand and attempts to say just that, “that the rules apply to everyone,” you’ll be quick to hear an (extremely) high-ranking official of some group or other portraying the rule-breaker as being a victim, being picked on, and opining with such prolific propaganda that it makes you want to apologize for having bought a copy of the rule book in the first place. That’s just how they roll at Texas A&M for some, not all, student-athletes. And that’s no joke.