Ex-Jaguar Roy Miller charged with child abuse

Former NFL defensive tackle previously faced domestic abuse allegation

By Elizabeth Campbell - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former Jaguars defensive tackle Roy Miller spent most of Wednesday in the Duval County jail after his second arrest in two years.

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 was entered into the jail website at 3:31 a.m. Wednesday. He was released just over 14 hours later.

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

Details of the abuse allegations were mostly redacted in Miller's arrest report. The age and gender of the child were not indicated, but the report said Miller told police the child was not obeying and he twice took the child into his room. The exact form of discipline Miller used was redacted in the report, but Miller said that both times the child "never cried." 

A witness police interviewed said both trips to Miller's bedroom "lasted about five minutes" and that she did not hear "any smacks or crying."

According to the arrest report, the child told an adult who was changing the child for bed that Miller "did it because (the child) was being lazy by not picking up the trash."

Early Wednesday evening, Miller's attorney, Ashley Wells Cox, released a statement:

Mr. Miller did not commit child abuse. He has been involved in a difficult and contentious divorce. We are concerned that Mrs. Miller uses any opportunity to gain leverage in that case, and it is equally disappointing that a parent can be arrested for a felony for a bruise on the buttocks of someone’s own child."

The Department of Children and Families is involved in the investigation.

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.

Miller is scheduled to be back in court on the child abuse charge May 15.

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