Tuesday was not a very good day for Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller. Following the free agency debacle that eventually landed Elvis Dumervil in Baltimore, Miller was expected to be the centerpiece of a defense hoping to make a run at a Super Bowl.
Instead, Miller will be watching the first six games on the sidelines following an NFL suspension for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
We don’t know whether the suspension will wind up costing his team any victories, but it will definitely be costing him a bit of change – and by a “bit of change” we actually mean nearly $1 million.
Here’s Miller’s statement regarding the suspension:
“The Substances of Abuse policy requires everyone to comply with the rules,” Miller said in a statement released to the media. ”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 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 upon my return to the field and bringing a championship back to the people of Denver.”