Irresponsible. Unaccountable. Immature. Unreliable. Selfish.
These are just some of the adjectives that best describe the actions taken by Von Miller off the field since he has been a pro in the National Football League.
Surprised. Confused. Peeved. Soured. Upset. Disturbed. Irritated.
Just a few of the adjectives that best describe how I have felt about this new light that is shining on Von Miller.
Arguably the best defensive player in the NFL today and potentially one of the greatest linebackers to play the game has been suspended by the NFL for six games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Shame on you, Von Miller!
And as supportive as his teammates, coaches and the Broncos organization may be, I guarantee you that they are experiencing the very same feelings that I just described for myself. How could they not be?
We all know that the Broncos are working to win the Super Bowl in the short term. And not just this year, but next year too. They know that the window of opportunity is a small one. And they know that that window is open right now. So when a guy like All-Pro linebacker Von Miller puts his own desires in front of the team's goals and desires, the Peyton Mannings and Champ Baileys of the franchise have got to be even more irritated than I am.
It's not like this just popped up out of the blue. There has been a slow growing trend of malfeasance in Miller's personal life that began with multiple positive drug tests early in his NFL career. He supplied positive samples for both marijuana and amphetamines in his rookie season. Those tests enrolled him into Stage II of the NFL's Drug Testing Program. And now, the altered sample that he provided which drew him the six game ban to begin the season in which Von himself guaranteed a Super Bowl win by the Denver Broncos.
There's no doubt that major disappointment exists in the Broncos locker room.
It doesn't end there either. He gets a traffic violation last October for careless driving, driving without a license and driving without proof of insurance. Those types of things happen to the best of us. But when you fail to pay the fine or appear in court and a warrant is issued for your arrest it now has become a much bigger problem.
Positive drug tests, an arrest for a failure to appear in court, and a failure to comply with the NFL drug testing program. What's next Von? How many more layers do we have to peel back before we get the whole story on "who" Von Miller is?
I hope this is the last chapter in his early, immature professional football years. I have vocally expressed my support of Miller on multiple occasions. I believe he can and will be a responsible leader for the Broncos franchise for many years to come both on and off the field. But he's got some growing up to do first.
Should Von Miller feel ashamed for his actions? You're damn right he should!
He should be embarrassed every time he steps into the Broncos locker room or sets foot on the practice field for the remainder of the preseason. He should feel disgraced for the remainder of his suspension everytime he looks at Peyton Manning, Champ Bailey, John Fox, John Elway or anyone esle within the organization, for that matter.
But then he needs to use all of that as fuel to generate positive energy and come back with a vengeance. He needs to return to the gridirion in perfect NFL shape and pick up right where he left off last season. And he can't stop until the conffetti falls and the Vince Lombardi Trophy returns to Denver once again.
Do you want forgiveness from your fans and teammates, Von? That is the quickest way to get it.