Per an ESPN.com report, the Denver Broncos' star OLB Von Miller attempted to cheat the NFL's drug testing system with the help of the drug collector. From the ESPN.com report:
Sources said the collector worked in Miami, where Miller spends offseason time, and the collector reveled in knowing the Broncos linebacker while being, according to a source, "star struck." It led, sources said, to the collector's willingness to substitute another person's urine specimen for Miller's. It might have worked, sources said, had a second collector not discovered that Miller was not in the city where his collection was supposed to have taken place ... One source was "reasonably certain" no money changed hands between Miller and the collector.
Representatives of Miller and the drug testing agency declined comment, and the collector involved has been fired (duh).
Obviously this raises major concerns about the legitimacy of the NFL's drug testing process. After a joint investigation by the NFL and the NFLPA into Miller's case, the NFLPA agreed to drop any charges against Drug Free Sport, the testing agency contracted by the NFL, to allow NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and league officials to clean up the testing process. Those efforts are already underway.
Now, for the part Chiefs fans care about: this will not lengthen Miller's suspension. Miller was initially suspended four games, and then mysteriously had his suspension increased to six games without explanation. Well, now we have that explanation. From the report:
This [attempt to cheat the drug testing system] helps explain why Miller's four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy suddenly and mysteriously was increased to six games and easily could have been up to a year, the sources said.
The NFL and NFLPA also conducted a joint investigation to review whether Miller was not attempting to cover up any PED or steroids-policy violation. Therefore, his suspension was determined to be a repeat violation of the league's substance-abuse policy.
In the wake of this, sources said, the NFL and NFLPA worked to deal with the bigger picture ... Miller's suspension, which cannot be increased per the settlement agreement, is set to expire three weeks from Monday.
Here are the big takeaways:
- Miller's suspension is not going to be increased again. The NFL, NFLPA, and Miller's reps knew about his attempt to cheat the drug testing system, which is what led to his suspension being increased from four to six games in the first place.
- However, under the terms of the NFL's drug testing policy this counts as two offenses against Miller. If Miller fails another test that will be his third offense and he will be suspended for an entire year.
- Miller will be with the Broncos (baring injury) for both of their games against the Chiefs this year.