Broncos' coach John Fox 'very disappointed' by Von Miller's arrest, 'but we support him'

Miller meets with NFL Players Association lawyers

DENVER - Denver Broncos head coach John Fox says he's "very disappointed" star defender Von Miller "didn't take care of his business" and attend a traffic court hearing, which lead to his arrest earlier this week.

But Fox stressed that the team stands behind the 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and Miller will be playing in Saturday's preseason game against the Seahawks in Seattle.

"Obviously, you're very disappointed any time a guy didn't take care of his business, but we support him," Fox said of Miller on the Broncos' last day of  training camp Thursday. "He's going to be fine. He's dealt with it. We'll recover from it."

For an unrelated case, Miller missed the last day of training camp to meet with NFL Players Association lawyers in Washington, D.C., about his suspension appeal.

Miller's representatives were scheduled to meet with league officials Thursday to formally appeal the suspension, but the meeting was delayed. The Denver Post's Mike Klis reported there will be discussions between NFL officials and Miller's representatives about his appeal on Tuesday.

Quarterback Peyton Manning said he's eager to see a positive resolution to Miller's appeal of a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's drug policy.

"It's going to get resolved one way or the other. We certainly know what we want," Manning said. "But we are prepared for any possible scenario. That's how you have to be. If you get all wrapped up into one outcome and it doesn't end up turning out that way, you don't really have a Plan B. Today was a good practice on the possibility that he may not be here. If that is the case, that is not going to be an excuse for our team and we have to find a way to do our jobs. But. we certainly hope that he is here."

 

-- Arrest background --

On Wednesday, 7NEWS broke the news that the 24-year-old Miller had been arrested earlier this week at the Centennial Gun Club on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court.

Court records show Miller was arrested for not appearing at his court hearing on charges from last October when he was cited for careless driving, driving without a license and no proof of insurance.

Miller was scheduled for arraignment on the traffic violations on Dec. 31, the day after the Broncos' final 2012 regular season game in Denver, court records say.

Instead of being in court, Miller was in Las Vegas attending a New Year's Eve concert by the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Cosmopolitan casino, according to JetsetMag.com.

After Miller missed the hearing, the arrest warrant was issued Jan. 2.

This led to the linebacker's arrest at the gun club on Sunday.

An arrest document shows the Colorado Bureau of Investigation notified deputies that Miller was at the store. CBI conducts criminal background checks on people purchasing firearms, raising the possibility that Miller was flagged for the arrest warrant when he tried to buy a gun.

CBI spokeswoman Susan Medina said her agency cannot discuss firearm buyer background checks, because they are not public records.

Miller was booked and released on Sunday on a $1,000 bond, which records show was paid by his mother, Gloria Williams Miller. The Denver Broncos players had Sunday off from training camp.

His bond conditions require Miller to get permission from the court to travel out of state for this Saturday's away game against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Broncos issued a statement Wednesday afternoon that said, "We have been aware of the matter involving Von Miller’s failure to appear in court for traffic violations. It was reported to the league earlier this week and is being handled through the legal system."

-- See the uniform summons and complaint for Miller: http://ch7ne.ws/13ZUNvo

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