ENGLEWOOD, Colorado – Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller will not face criminal charges following an investigation by the Parker (Colorado) Police Department earlier this year, according to the district attorney’s office for the 18th Judicial District .
The office declined to press charges “based on our review of information that is currently available,” according to a statement Friday.
The district attorney’s office said the case did not meet probable cause standards of admissible evidence “to support a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt, and that the decision to press charges is in the interest of justice.”
The office said it would not comment further on an investigation “in which there was never a subpoena, arrest or presentation.”
Police in Parker, a southeastern Denver suburb, had acknowledged that Miller was the subject of an investigation. Miller has not commented publicly on any part of the investigation, nor has he responded to requests for comment in recent weeks.
Neither police nor the district attorney have said what the investigation was for or what charges Miller may have faced.
On Thursday, Broncos general manager George Paton said the team wanted Miller to return for the 2021 season (Miller has a one-year option in his contract for the season that the team must participate in), but added that he wanted to see the “legal process”. ”
“Obviously it’s a serious situation, but we want to let it unfold before commenting on that,” Paton said.
If the Broncos pick up Miller’s option before the start of the league’s new year, they would guarantee $ 7 million of Miller’s $ 17.5 million base salary and sign the final year of a six-year, $ 114.5 million contract signed in 2016.
When asked Thursday if Miller’s return could hinge on a pay cut even after the legal process was over, Paton said the team “is still working on that.”
“We want to bring Von back … I don’t want to get into everything, but we want to bring him back,” he said. “Obviously the legal process, because of what he’s going through, it’s a serious situation, obviously, and I don’t know all the details, but we respect what’s happening. We want Von to come back.”
Miller, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl 50 MVP, missed the 2020 season after an ankle injury just days before Game 1. At the time, coach Vic Fangio said he hoped Miller would have “an amazing year.”
Miller had eight sacks in 2019, his lowest total since 2013 when he finished with five after serving a six-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and then suffering an anterior cruciate ligament tear in December.
He is the Broncos’ longest-serving player and John Elway’s first draft pick as the team’s top soccer executive. Elway stepped down from the general manager position earlier this year before Paton was hired in January.