Fox: Miller woes 'getting cleaned up'

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- A day after saying the team was "not happy'' with the latest off-the-field stumbles for Von Miller, coach John Fox said Thursday he believes the Denver Broncos are getting the Pro Bowl linebacker the help he needs to get his personal life on track and to continue to flourish in his career.

"Anything that can be done, we're doing,'' Fox said following Thursday's practice. "In a good way some of this is getting cleaned up. I would remind people it's traffic citations, and we're helping him get those cleaned up.

"I've had multiple traffic tickets, to be honest with you. It's just a matter of handling it, getting it paid because people want their money, and handling that right away, and we're helping him do that.''

Miller is one game into a six-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. On Wednesday, team officials were privately wrestling with the revelation that Miller was cited last week for driving without a license and speeding, as well as the fact he had an open bench warrant in California for failing to appear in court for an unpaid speeding ticket he received last year.

The bench warrant in California was first reported by KTVT-TV, the CBS affiliate in Dallas.

Miller's agent, Joby Branion, said Thursday that the ticket was paid and the case was closed more than a year ago. The spokesperson for the Orange County District Attorney's office who had spoken with reporters Wednesday told ESPN she does not believe a warrant ever was issued.

Following Wednesday's practice, Fox had said about Miller's citations last week: "Obviously we're not happy about. Everybody here has an individual responsibility, not only to themselves, but to this organization, to this football team, so it's something we're not pleased about. We'll leave it at that.''

Miller's latest traffic citations came after he had returned to Denver after a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with union attorneys to discuss the Broncos' intention to reclaim about $1.25 million worth of signing bonus money because of the suspension. The team plans simply to withhold the money from Miller's game checks when he is slated to be paid again in Week 7 -- and the NFL Players Association is set to battle that decision.

During his suspension, Miller can attend meetings and use the team's weight room, but he cannot attend practices or games. Miller was briefly in the locker room following practice Thursday. Miller was also arrested in August on a failure-to-appear warrant after a mandatory background check at a gun shop near the Broncos' south suburban practice facility. At the time, Miller was preparing for a scheduled appeal hearing over his current suspension.

He had failed to appear for a court date that stemmed from multiple citations last October for careless driving, driving without a license and not having proof of insurance. His original court date had been Dec. 31. In his latest stop, police discovered Miller's license already had been suspended when a computer check for outstanding warrants was again done.