Von Miller avoids charges after criminal investigation

Jack Baer
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Von Miller won't face criminal charges after a police investigation, and it appears not even the specific allegations against him will be coming to light.

The district attorney's office in the 18th Judicial District of Colorado announced Friday it won't be bringing charges against the Denver Broncos linebacker, but noted that the police department in Parker, Colorado had submitted a criminal case against him.

The statement said the case against Miller did not meet the standard of reasonable belief that the charges are supported by probable cause, have enough admissible evidence to support conviction and are in the interest of justice:

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It was reported in January that Miller was facing a criminal investigation, but police declined to comment on the nature of the allegations.

The district attorney's office declining to bring charges may not be the end of the matter though, as NFL discipline potentially remains. The additional clarity about the charges is still good news for Miller, as the Broncos have a major decision coming up on his status with the team.

The former All-Pro and second overall pick did not play in 2020 due to an ankle injury sustained before the season. He has a club option on his contract for 2021, which the Broncos have to decide whether or not to pick up by next Tuesday.

The option would carry a $22.15 million cap hit in 2021 if exercised. Declining the option would save $18 million in cap space, and the 32-year-old Miller could still potentially return to the team on a lower salary if the Broncos decide to take that route.

Per The Gazette, Broncos general manager said Thursday that the team wanted to see the legal process play out before making a decision or commenting, but reiterated it wants a return from one of its best players ever:

"We want to bring Von back," Paton said Thursday, "and we're still working through that."

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