Jets' Miller arrested for allegedly hitting woman at club

Updated: May 21, 2007, 5:14 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Jets cornerback Justin Miller was arrested early Sunday and charged with third-degree misdemeanor assault after he allegedly punched a woman in a New York City nightclub.

Justin Miller

Miller

Miller was apprehended after a police chase at 4:20 a.m.

Police said Miller was swinging at a man, but hit the woman after the man ducked. The woman has a laceration on her face and swelling and pain in her knee.

"I want to apologize to everyone for this situation, including my family, my teammates, the Jets organization, our fans and the entire NFL," Miller said in a statement released on Sunday. "I understand that serving in the NFL is an honor and that I have an obligation to behave in a manner that reflects the privilege I have been given."

The Jets are evaluating the situation and plan to get the commissioner's office involved.

"We expect our players to adhere to the highest standards of conduct off the field and take any allegation of personal misconduct very seriously," the team said in a statement on Sunday. "We are in the process of gathering information, and have notified the commissioner -- in light of the NFL's new conduct policy. Until we've had an opportunity to review all the facts we will refrain from further comment."

Miller made the AFC Pro Bowl roster as a kick returner and was the Jets' lone representative in Hawaii. He averaged 28.3 yards per kick return in 2006 and had two return touchdowns.