ENGLEWOOD, Colo – Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller will not be prosecuted after an investigation by the Parker (Colorado) Police Department earlier this year, according to the District Attorney’s Office for the 18th District Court.
The office declined to file charges “based on our review of the information currently available,” according to a statement Friday.
The district attorney’s office said the case did not meet the standards of probable cause for admissible evidence “in support of a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt and that the decision to prosecute is in the interests of justice.”
The office said it would not comment further on an investigation “where there was never a referral, arrest or filing.”
Police in Parker, a suburb southeast of Denver, had acknowledged Miller was under investigation. Miller has not publicly commented on any part of the investigation, nor has he responded to requests for comment.
Neither the police nor the district attorney have said what the investigation was intended for or what charges Miller could have had.
On Thursday, Broncos general manager George Paton said the team wanted Miller back in the 2021 season – Miller has an election year in his contract that the team must sign – but added he wanted to see the “legal process play out.”
“It’s obviously a serious situation, but we’ll let it play out before we comment on it, ” Paton said.
If the Broncos pick up Miller’s option before the start of the new league year, they would guarantee $ 7 million of Miller’s base salary of $ 17.5 million and commit last year to a six-year $ 114.5 million deal signed in 2016.
Asked Thursday whether Miller’s return could depend on a pay cut, even after the legal process was played out, Paton said the team “is still working through it.”
“We will bring Von back … I will not get into everything, but we will bring him back,” he said. “Clearly, the legal process what he is going through is an obviously serious situation, and I do not know all the details, but we respect what is going on. We want Von back.”
Miller, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl 50 MVP, missed the 2020 season after an ankle injury just days before the opening. At the time, coach Vic Fangio said he had expected Miller to have “a hell of a year.”
Miller had eight sacks in 2019, his lowest total since 2013, when he finished with five after holding a suspension in six games for violating the league’s drug abuse policy and then suffering a torn ACL in December.
He is the longest-serving Broncos player and John Elway’s first draft pick as the team’s top football manager. Elway stepped down from the role of general manager earlier this year before Paton was hired in January.