Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller will not face charges for catching a hammerhead shark in March 2018 â an act that landed the boatâs owner and operator a $2,000 fine, according to a list of enforcement actions recently published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
While on a deep-sea fishing trip off the coast of Miami, Miller helped reel in a hammerhead shark and posed with it for photos posted to his social media. The operator and owner of the fishing vessel Spellbound were charged with not properly releasing the fish and shark fishing without a proper permit. TMZ first reported that Miller was not charged.
Harvesting hammerhead sharks is prohibited in Florida waters, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regulations. If a shark is accidentally caught, regulations require it be released in a way that ensures the highest chances of survival. The boat operator and owner did not follow those regulations, according to the charges.
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Millerâs social media video shows him and others pulling the shark out of the water. Spellbound operators did not respond to an email requesting comment.
The investigation was started by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in April 2018 after an outcry from animal rights activists. The shark was around 9 1/2 feet long.
âWe followed the rules and I did everything I was supposed to do,â Miller told reporters in April.