NEW YORK (AP) – Von Miller was caught trying to manipulate the NFL’s drug-testing system, which led to a six-game suspension that could have been longer.
A person familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Sunday that Denver’s All-Pro linebacker tried to avoid a positive test under the league’s substance-abuse policy. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not announced the details of Miller’s violation. The manipulation attempt was first reported by ESPN.
Miller’s six-game suspension was a compromise among the NFL, the players union and Miller’s representatives; the league wanted a longer penalty for the third-year player. When his ban was announced last month, Miller said in a statement, “although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules.”
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NFL spokesman Greg Aiello and the Broncos declined to comment…
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