Late last night we let you know that Von Miller had been cited last week for allegedly driving without a license. Today, ESPN's Jeff Legwold informs us that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could make that six game suspension worse if Goodell were so inclined.
Such an extension of Miller's suspension would require Goodell to invoke the NFL's Conduct Policy, in which there is nothing as specific as multiple traffic violations, but there is this:
Conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the NFL, NFL clubs, or NFL players.
In less than a year, Miller has been suspended by the NFL, been arrested and now ticketed twice.
Some commenters and tweets pointed out this this citation was not a big deal. It is a big deal if you want the participation of Miller this season.
Not to mention that this traffic citation apparently came after Miller had met with NFLPA officials in regards to retaining the $1.25 million that the Denver Broncos are attempting to withhold from his game checks following his return in Week Seven.
Legwold goes on his article to state:
Goodell also doesn't have to wait for a conviction or public admission of guilt from a player or league official to invoke the policy. To that end, the policy reads: "It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. Instead, as an employee of the NFL or a member club, you are held to a higher standard and expected to conduct yourself in a way that is responsible, promotes the values upon which the league is based, and is lawful."
For the Broncos when will it be enough is enough? They've got a suspended player who is for now available for a little over half of the season, who wants his entire bonus and will be suspended for an entire season if he has one more slip up.
Miller is one game into his six game suspension. Shaun Phillips has 2.5 sacks through Week One of the NFL season.