Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller and a person in charge of collecting urine allegedly tried to cheat the NFL’s drug-testing program before both offenders were caught, according to ESPN.com.
Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen assert Miller and the urine collector, who worked for Drug Free Sport, conspired to taint the linebacker’s drug sample this offseason. The news was confirmed by Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports.
Here is a portion of what of ESPN reported on Sunday morning:
“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. 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.
"He's fast," one source said of Miller, "but he's not that fast."
The alleged scam may have worked if a second collector had not discovered that Miller was not in the city where his collection should have taken place.
As a result of that discovery, the worker for Drug Free Sport was allegedly fired, while Miller's four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy was increased to six games. It could have been increased to a year, but because Miller did not act alone, the NFL and NFLPA agreed to a six-game suspension after at least four meetings, according to ESPN.
In addition, the NFL, NFLPA and Drug Free Sport are working on ways to prevent another compromised drug test, which includes implementing finger printing technology.
If the cover-up is truly worse than the crime, Miller’s bad decision only makes this situation worse.
Denver has played well without Miller, and if the Broncos can continue winning, his future there could be in jeopardy. Miller is slated to become a free agent after the 2014 season. The linebacker must prove he is worth the hassle after his suspension or Miller could become another team's problem.