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Broncos' Von Miller avoids charge in shark incident, but boat owner gets two counts

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 4/23/2019 Josh Peter
a man wearing a red hat: Broncos linebacker Von Miller won't face charges after posing with a bloody hammerhead shark. © Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC Broncos linebacker Von Miller won't face charges after posing with a bloody hammerhead shark.

Von Miller avoided legal action after posing with a bloody hammerhead shark in April 2018 off the coast of Miami during a fishing trip, according to records obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

The owner and operator of a boat, Spellbound, were charged with fishing for sharks without the proper permit and for failure to release a shark in the manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival, according to records issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

But Miller, the Pro Bowl defensive end for the Denver Broncos, was not charged in the incident, according to Kim Amendola, communications supervisor for the NOAA Fisheries/US. Department of Commerce.

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During the fishing trip, Miller landed a 9-1/2 foot hammerhead shark, and photos and video of him posing with the shark sparked a backlash from PETA and other animal rights activists. Responding to critics at the time, Miller said, “We followed the rules.’’

But records show the owner and operator of the boat will face the two charges under the Magnuson-Stevens Act.  

A $2,000 notice of violation and assessment was issued, according to records.

The charges were listed in an March 2019 enforcement action document issued by the NOAA Office of the General Counsel.

The boat’s owner and operator were not identified.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Broncos' Von Miller avoids charge in shark incident, but boat owner gets two counts

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