Content warning: This article contains details and descriptions of assault against women.
A report from WFFA, an ABC affiliate from Dallas, TX, indicates that Buffalo Bills edge rusher Von Miller has been accused of domestic violence. A warrant for his arrest has been issued for assaulting a pregnant person. The charge is a third-degree felony in Texas.
As of Wednesday evening, Miller had turned himself in to the Glenn Heights City Jail, from where he departed after posting a $5,000 bond.
WFAA reports that police were called for a “major disturbance” in the Uptown area of Dallas at approximately 11 a.m. local time Wednesday morning. Officers indicated that Miller and the alleged victim were engaged in an argument at the time the assault reportedly took place. Miller was not on scene when officers responded. The victim was treated for minor injuries on site and did not require further medical treatment.
A 2021 incident also accused Miller of domestic violence, but Miller was not charged after an investigation failed to yield sufficient evidence. He was a member of the Denver Broncos at the time.
In 2022, Miller was sued by a woman he used to date for distributing sexually explicit images. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed. The alleged conduct happened prior to his signing with the Bills, but the lawsuit becoming public was after he joined the team.
Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Bills have issued the following statement:
“This morning, we were made aware of an incident involving Von Miller. We are in the process of gathering more information and will have no further comment at this point.”
UPDATE: A report from The Dallas Morning News provides further details on the alleged incident involving Von Miller. Readers should be cautioned that the following information is potentially disturbing.
According to the affidavit, the couple argued over travel plans. Miller reportedly yelled at the woman to “get out.” As she attempted to do so the affidavit alleges Miller pushed her as she collected belongings.
Further details include repeated physical contact shoving, pulling of the woman’s hair, and that Miller placed his hands around her neck with sufficient force to cause pain but not restrictions to her airway. The affidavit indicates the woman recorded parts of the interaction with Miller.
Other noted evidence included in the gathered information were photographs that appear to confirm the woman was pregnant and that there had been dialogue with Miller that he had been informed of the pregnancy. Police corroborated the alleged victim’s account by noting marks consistent with the contact Miller is being accused of.
UPDATE 6:50 p.m. EST — Per a report by Senior NFL Insider Josina Anderson, Von Miller has reportedly turned himself in to authorities at the Glenn Heights City Jail — appearing after allegations of domestic violence involving assault of a pregnant woman. As of writing, Miller had already left the jail after posting a $5,000 bond. Per Anderson’s tweet:
“I’m told #Bills LB Von Miller has already departed the Glenn Heights City Jail on a $5,000 bond posted by Express Bail Bond in Dallas, Texas, per source.”
Miller’s decision to turn himself in comes hours after reports stated that an arrest warrant had been issued regarding the aforementioned allegations of domestic violence. Per those reports, Miller and the plaintiff have been in a romantic relationship for six years.
At this time, no further information has been made available about Miller’s next steps in the legal process, or otherwise.
This is a developing story and Buffalo Rumblings will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Update: 9 p.m. EST — Per a report by news outlet WFAA, which reached the plaintiff by text, the woman now claims there was no assault despite previously claiming such in 911 calls and to local law enforcement.
“Reached by text message by WFAA, Miller’s girlfriend downplayed the incident.
‘We’re fine,’ she wrote. ‘Things were blown way out of context. This is actually outrageous!’
She called the incident ‘a huge misunderstanding’ and described it as ‘a verbal disagreement.’
‘No one assaulted anyone,’ she texted. ‘This is insane. And sad.’”
WFAA has obtained the 911 call placed by NFL star Von Miller's girlfriend on Wednesday, which led to his Thursday arrest. Our reporters have also been communicating with her via text: "No one assaulted anyone," she texted. "This is insane. And sad." https://t.co/KVfKUGM1nm— WFAA (@wfaa) December 1, 2023
Salary cap implications of releasing Von Miller
By Matt Warren
Normally I would keep trivial news like salary cap implications separate from the much more important information above. With so many questions in the comments section below (and on social media), I am sharing the financial impacts of the moves available to the Bills and the NFL.
Keep him on the 53
I’ve seen a lot of folks say the Bills released Matt Araiza immediately. They didn’t. They knew about the allegations and kept him on their roster for at least a few weeks and even cut their other punter. It was only after new details emerged that Araiza was cut. Tim Graham of The Athletic has said that it was at least partly because Araiza wasn’t 100% truthful during the process.
Commissioner’s Exempt List
I believe once Miller is arrested, this is where he will land. The Bills are not allowed to use this list, but rather it’s a league decision. The league has used this list for players who are charged with crimes while the legal proceedings play out. Here is a description of the Commissioner Exempt List courtesy of NFL.com:
“The Exempt List is a special player status available to clubs only in unusual circumstances. The List includes those players who have been declared by the Commissioner to be temporarily exempt from counting within the Active List limit. Only the Commissioner has the authority to place a player on the Exempt List; clubs have no such authority, and no exemption, regardless of circumstances, is automatic. The Commissioner also has the authority to determine in advance whether a player’s time on the Exempt List will be finite or will continue until the Commissioner deems the exemption should be lifted and the player returned to the Active List.”
For Miller, his contract would keep being paid but he wouldn’t count on the 53-man roster. In 2024, Miller could still make his $17 million salary.
The Bills can’t cut Von Miller for a while
Simply put, the Bills can’t release Von Miller. They would violate NFL salary cap rules. Buffalo has paid Miller in the neighborhood of $36 million in his two seasons with the Bills but only accounted for $13-ish million in salary cap space, per Spotrac. The remaining $23 million would accelerate onto the salary cap as soon as he’s released. Buffalo doesn’t have the cap space in 2023 nor 2024 to do that.
This has nothing to do with voiding the remaining guarantees or not paying him future money. This is the money they’ve already paid him. The bill has to come due when he’s not on your team anymore.
If this goes on into 2024, they could do the same thing the Texans did with Deshaun Watson and keep him as a game-day inactive while he is on the 53-man roster, just so his contract rolls through one more season. They would be able to release him prior to 2025.