Bills' Miller turns himself in on felony domestic violence charge

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Bills linebacker Von Miller turned himself in Thursday after an arrest warrant was issued for allegedly assaulting a pregnant woman.

The Glenn Heights, Texas, Police Department in suburban Dallas confirmed that Miller turned himself in late in the afternoon to face a charge of third-degree felony assault of a pregnant woman, which is punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He was booked into the DeSoto Tri-City Jail on a $5,000 bond and released a short time later.

The Dallas Police Department had earlier confirmed the warrant, which was initially reported by WFAA in Dallas.

On Wednesday at 11 a.m. CT, Dallas police responded to a major disturbance call, with the preliminary investigation showing that Miller and the woman got into a verbal argument and that he allegedly assaulted her.

Per the affidavit for the arrest warrant obtained by ESPN, the woman and Miller have been in a relationship for seven years and have children together. She told police officers that she is six weeks pregnant.

According to the affidavit, during an argument over the woman's travel plans, which began around 10:40 a.m. CT, she left the main bedroom and slammed the door to the office of the apartment, which made Miller "visibly angry."

He then followed her into the office and yelled at her to "get out." The woman stated that she tried to comply with the request and went to collect her belongings. But she said Miller pushed and shoved her, at one point taking out his phone to try to record the altercation. She continued to yell, "Stop, I'm pregnant."

The affidavit noted that Miller stepped on her feet as he pushed her, which caused her to fall into a chair, then applied pressure to her neck for three to five seconds, which caused pain but not difficulty breathing.

It also stated that Miller grabbed the woman's phone, threw her laptop on the floor and stomped on it. And when she tried to retrieve it, he pulled her hair, causing her to fall to the ground and a chunk of her hair to come out. As she, again, tried to gather her belongings to leave, she started recording on a phone in her pocket. The affidavit describes Miller next pushing the woman onto a couch and placing pressure on her neck with both hands, causing pain.

When she got up, she told Miller that she was going to call the police, which prompted him to leave the residence.

Police arrived at the condominium, observed "minor abrasions" on her left hand along with bruising to her neck, "injuries consistent with applied pressure the neck," in addition to bruising to her abdomen and left biceps, noted later when photographs were taken.

The affidavit notes that in a 911 call, she identified herself and Miller by name and produced a photograph of a positive at-home pregnancy test along with a screenshot of a text conversation she had with Miller discussing the possible due date and possible location of a future doctor's visit.

According to police, Miller left the scene before officers arrived. The woman was not transported to a hospital but was treated for minor injuries, and the investigation into the case remains ongoing.

"This morning, we were made aware of an incident involving Von Miller," the Bills said in a statement Thursday. "We are in the process of gathering more information and will have no further comment at this point."

The NFL also released a statement: "We are aware of the matter and have been in contact with the club. We will follow all legal developments. We have no further comment at this time."

In a text exchange Thursday night with WFAA in Dallas, the woman called the incident "a huge misunderstanding" and said, "No one assaulted anyone."

Miller, 34, was under investigation in 2021 by police in Parker, Colorado, but no charges were filed, and the subject of the investigation and potential charges were not publicly shared.

The pass-rusher signed with the Bills in 2022 on a six-year, $120 million contract. He has played 19 total games with the team, including eight this season as he comes off a right ACL injury. The Bills are currently on their bye week.