Von Miller’s Dancing with the Stars partner took a page from the NFL by fining him for his behavior. However, pro dancer Witney Carson isn’t making Von cough up thousands of dollars every time he does a pelvic thrust. Instead of fining him for dancing, she’s fining him for not dancing.
According to Witney Carson, Von Miller had a bad habit of showing up late to rehearsal, and she was not happy with her Dancing with the Stars partner for wasting her time. Winning that Mirrorball Trophy is obviously important to Witney, and she wants to make the most out of every minute that she’s scheduled to practice with the Super Bowl MVP. This is a very competitive season of Dancing with the Stars, so every minute matters.
During an interview with TV Guide, Witney Carson revealed that she came up with an incentive to get Von Miller to practice on time: For every minute that the Denver Broncos linebacker is late, he has to fork over $100. The idea was inspired by the NFL’s love of fining players for various behaviors.
“I asked him what happens in the NFL when you’re late, and he told me. So I said, ‘Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to do.'”
According to SB Nation, the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) says that NFL teams can impose a maximum fine of $1,770 on players who are late for practice, team meetings, workouts, and various other activities. The late fines are seemingly effective, because Von Miller stopped being tardy all the time after Witney levied her own DWTS fine. He only missed a total of 15 minutes of practice, which meant that he had to fork over $1,500.
“He hasn’t been late anymore. Which is good for him, but not for me,” Witney quipped.
However, she wasn’t keeping Von Miller’s money for herself — she decided to donate it to a skin cancer charity.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Von’s misbehaving has benefited a charity. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Von has had to fork over thousands of dollars to the NFL for engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct during games. All Von has to do is dance to get slapped with a fine, and he once had to fork over $11,567 for doing a hip thrust move inspired by the Comedy Central show Key & Peele.
Comedians Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key were so impressed with Von Miller’s take on Hingle McCringleberry’s excessive celebration dance that they decided to donate the amount of the fine to Von’s Vision, the linebacker’s charity for low-income children in need of eyewear.
In case you’re curious, Von Miller’s exorbitant unsportsmanlike conduct fines also go to a good cause. According to the NFL, the money goes to programs that benefit retired players who need “assistance with medical, emotional, financial, social and community issues.”
While Witney Carson’s partner initially had a problem with tardiness, things seem to be going pretty smoothing for Team #BlondeMiller now. Witney says that Von Miller really loves to dance, and he doesn’t struggle with choreography. She’s also playing to one of her partner’s strengths — Dancing with the Stars fans should expect Witney to spend a lot of time up in the air during Season 22.
“I was excited to hear I had an athlete,” Witney told TV Guide. “I know in the past athletes do well, and Von proved that point. He’s very agile and really coordinated. He picks up choreography quick, and he’s also big! So, when in doubt I just have him lift me and toss me in the air.”
During an interview with Denver7, Von revealed that he’s been “putting in a lot of hard work,” and he said that he’s happy with where he’s at right now.
“You got to put the work in on the football field. You got to put the work in on the dance floor. I’ve been great with both of them and I feel pretty comfortable with my chances.”
Von said that he and Witney have personalities that mesh well together, so it sounds like there’s probably not a lot of bickering back and forth going on during their rehearsals. He also revealed that he and Witney have similar tastes when it comes to ballroom fashion, so perhaps he plans on sparkling like that Mirrorball Trophy.
“Her personality matches well with my personality. And I think you’ll see that come out with some of the outfits that we choose.”
Von Miller told ABC7 that he was a bit starstruck when he met a fellow competitor, former NFL and CFL quarterback Doug Flutie, and he said that Season 22 is a “different competition” because there are so many football stars competing for the Mirrorball Trophy. Von seems pretty worried about Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
“I can’t let him dance away from me on the dance floor,” Miller said. “My teammates wouldn’t let me back in the locker room. There’s definitely a little side competition there.”
According to TV Guide, Witney and Von’s first performance will be a fox trot to “My House” by Flo Rida.
You can see if you think that Von Miller is the Dancing with the Stars MVP when the she airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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