The legal situation involving Denver Broncos linebacker and eight-time Pro Bowl selection Von Miller that began in January came to a conclusion on Friday when it was announced that he will not face criminal charges.
The soon-to-be 32-year-old isn’t completely out of the woods, however, as it pertains to his ability to play next fall.
As Mike Florio wrote for Pro Football Talk, the NFL retains the right to suspend or otherwise punish Miller under its personal conduct policy.
Ezekiel Elliott received a six-game ban in 2017 following accusations of domestic violence that didn’t result in the Dallas Cowboys star running back being arrested or charged. Wide receiver Antonio Brown missed eight games last year before he could play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of multiple violations of the personal conduct policy despite the fact that he wasn’t officially arrested or charged.
“Often, charges aren’t pursued because the prosecutor believes it will be difficult if not impossible to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt,” Florio wrote, while adding the NFL uses “a lower standard of proof” in determining violations of the personal conduct policy. The exact details of the investigation into Miller remain undisclosed.
It’s not yet known if the Broncos will pick up the 2021 option on Miller’s contract that contains a clause that guarantees $7 million of his $17.5 million base salary for the deal’s final season.