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Charges against ex-Jaguar Roy Miller dropped

Former NFL defensive tackle previously faced domestic abuse allegation

Roy Miller left the Duval County jail Thursday afternoon after appearing before a judge on a child abuse charge.
Roy Miller left the Duval County jail Thursday afternoon after appearing before a judge on a child abuse charge.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Charges filed in April against former Jaguars defensive tackle Roy Miller have been dropped.

Miller appeared before a judge on a charge of child abuse with a "personal weapon" (hands/fist/feet/teeth/etc.), then was released on his own recognizance -- meaning he did not have to post a bond.

Miller spent about 14 hours in jail.

"Everybody’s fine," Miller said as he left jail. "I'm not guilty. ... I have nothing else to say."

On Tuesday, court records show prosecutors officially dropped the charges.

The 31-year-old, who retired from the NFL last year, was previously arrested in Jacksonville on domestic abuse charges in 2017 when his wife accused him of grabbing her by the hair and pushing her during an argument.

He was playing for the Kansas City Chiefs at the time but was released from the team days after the arrest.

The domestic abuse charge was eventually dropped after Miller completed a pretrial intervention program. A year ago, Miller's wife asked a judge to reopen the case, saying she never got the chance to tell her side of the story.

The judge denied that motion and ordered Miller to complete community service, undergo counseling and pay a fine. 

When Miller retired in June 2018, he reportedly blamed his estranged wife for ruining "any opportunity for me to work for my kids." The former couple has four children together.