Of all the mistakes Von Miller has made recently, or not so recently, this one ranks low on the list of importance.
“My true fans, true Broncos fans, they’ve been great, coming out to practice, still believing in the guy I am,” the soon-to-be-suspended Broncos star said Tuesday. “The media, they can do some crazy stuff to you and paint a different picture.”
Huh. That’s funny.
Pretty sure most of the Colorado media has painted quite a pretty picture for ol’ Von. Up until he messed up, I sure did, chicken farms and all, giving him the benefit of the doubt, apparently more than he deserved. Wait, here’s another one.
What I’ve heard from Broncos fans — on sports-talk radio or on the interwebs — has been far more critical, even hurtful. That’s usually the case with a passionate fanbase, and the Broncos is wonderfully passionate. And I understand that athletes confuse what they read on message boards or comment sections with actual media content. It’s dumb, but it happens.
Here’s a fun game:
Try to find a negative word written about Von Miller before he messed up. I’m sure it’s out there, somewhere, but it’s not easy to find. In shaping the public image of Miller — a public image that was utterly positive — the media played an enormous role.
Here, I’ll do it again. I don’t think the ridiculous things he said this week were entirely his doing. He’s been lawyered up, coached up, to the highest degree. And the NFLPA certainly didn’t want him talking to the hideous, vindictive, nasty media.
In fairness, it’s also worth noting that whatever Von Miller said this week was going to be dissected under a microscope. No matter what he said, no one would like it, because of the subject matter he was talking about.
For what it’s worth, Miller didn’t talk to media after practice here at Dove Valley today.
Perhaps he was worried about the heinous, crazy picture we would paint.