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CantStop85
10-22-2006, 10:40 PM
Sources: Merriman To Be Suspended
Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman has been notified he will be suspended for four games for violating the NFL's steroids policy, league and team sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

stillers4me
10-22-2006, 10:50 PM
Why do these guys think they can get away with this stuff?? I mean, is it a big surprise they may get tested??

MattsMe
10-22-2006, 10:53 PM
No shock there.

I-Want-Troy's-Hair
10-23-2006, 12:21 AM
here's the article

http://www.nfl.com/teams/story/SD/9744836

Report: Chargers' Merriman faces steroids ban


SAN DIEGO (Oct. 22, 2006) -- Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman will be suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, according to a report posted on ESPN.com.

The 22-year-old Merriman, last year's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, was initially to be suspended last week alongside two other players, the Web site reported, citing people with knowledge of the suspension whom the report did not identify.

Guard Matt Lehr of the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Shaun Rogers began serving their suspensions this week. But Merriman's suspension was delayed because he reserved the right to appeal, ESPN.com said.

The report did not specify when the suspension would begin, but Merriman would be eligible to return Nov. 26 against the Oakland Raiders if he sat out immediately.

Merriman had seven tackles, one assist and no sacks in a 30-27 loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City. The team was flying home Sunday night and messages left by The Associated Press for several Chargers officials, including head coach Marty Schottenheimer, were not immediately returned.

Merriman, who started in the Pro Bowl as a rookie, is second on San Diego with 5? sacks.

Besides Merriman's suspension, the Chargers have had five separate off-field issues dating back to April.

Outside linebacker Steve Foley was shot three times outside his suburban home on Sept. 3 by an off-duty police officer who suspected him of drunk driving. Foley will miss the entire season and was charged with two counts of DUI.

Safety Terrence Kiel was arrested on five felony drug counts in September and has pleaded not guilty.

Cornerback Markus Curry, who had been demoted to the practice squad, was released Oct. 9 just hours after he was arrested on suspicion of committing domestic violence.

Foley and linebacker Shaun Phillips were each arrested for scuffling with San Diego police officers a week apart in April. Neither was charged.

Jeremy
10-23-2006, 03:09 AM
Why does this surprise anyone?

boLT fan
10-23-2006, 09:05 AM
:dang:

What in the hell would be the point? He's already the DROY and he could've kept on improving. He hasn't even been that good this year. Our D is falling apart.

We're giving the Bengals a run for their money, though.

SteelerFanInCA
10-23-2006, 12:22 PM
Damn, that's some tough news for the SD defense. That dude is a beast. It all makes sense now.

Jeremy
10-23-2006, 12:25 PM
I keep telling people to be cautious when looking at Maryland players. I've heard way too many stories coming out of University Park to dismiss them as nothing.

Ambridge
10-23-2006, 01:38 PM
I wonder if Merriman getting suspended will be the start of another mid to late season plunge by the Chargers??

Schottenheimer usually has San Diego start off fast and furious but they start to fade as the season goes on.

Before they lost to KC yesterday I would have had the Chargers one of my top picks to go to the AFCC game.

Now????????

SteelerFanInCA
10-23-2006, 04:36 PM
I wonder if Merriman getting suspended will be the start of another mid to late season plunge by the Chargers??

Schottenheimer usually has San Diego start off fast and furious but they start to fade as the season goes on.

Before they lost to KC yesterday I would have had the Chargers one of my top picks to go to the AFCC game.

Now????????

And I beleive they lost their other starting LB Shaun Phillips to a calf injury yesterday. They are saying he could be out 4-6 weeks. Is that correct Bolt?

boLT fan
10-23-2006, 05:50 PM
And I beleive they lost their other starting LB Shaun Phillips to a calf injury yesterday. They are saying he could be out 4-6 weeks. Is that correct Bolt?

Ya. Two players who never started will be playing both OLB positions for the next 4 games.

MACH1
10-23-2006, 07:46 PM
Two words for ya-------Roid Rage

klick81
10-23-2006, 08:01 PM
Ya. Two players who never started will be playing both OLB positions for the next 4 games.

Ouch. Good lu--naw, nevermind. :flap:

Ambridge
10-24-2006, 01:20 PM
Now Merriman is saying he did nothing wrong and that a supposed supplement he was taking caused a false positive on his test.

He's appealing his suspension and if I heard correctly he'll be able to play in the Chargers next two games until a final ruling comes out.


I'm guessing Merriman's agent is Floyd Landis.

boLT fan
10-24-2006, 02:08 PM
Ouch. Good lu--naw, nevermind. :flap:

At least on a small positive note, Phillips injury wasn't quite as bad. Only 2 weeks.

And I do believe Merriman. I don't think he's stupid enough to take steroids on purpose.

klick81
10-24-2006, 02:15 PM
At least on a small positive note, Phillips injury wasn't quite as bad. Only 2 weeks.

And I do believe Merriman. I don't think he's stupid enough to take steroids on purpose.

So then by accident? Like, his butt cheeks accidentally landed on a siringe??? LOL...i'm just messing around. If it was a supplement, i hope that gets cleared up. If not, 4 game suspension is not nearly enough.

RoethlisBURGHer
10-24-2006, 06:04 PM
If it was a supplement that had the steroid in it,I think the suspension should be taken down to two games isntead of four.

The government really needs to start regulating these damn supplements.

sumo
10-24-2006, 06:10 PM
Doesn't matter if it's a supplement -- just ask Kris Jenkins of the mighty Carolina Panthers, the NFL would be starting a new precedent if they accept that excuse..

klick81
10-24-2006, 06:29 PM
No player should be taking anything that isn't FDA approved and expect it to be legal with 100% assurance.

Jeremy
10-24-2006, 06:48 PM
The one armed man injected him!

Do these players really think we're that stupid?

83-Steelers-43
11-01-2006, 07:31 AM
Merriman drops appeal, will serve suspension
ESPN.com news services

SAN DIEGO --The San Diego Chargers must play their next four games without outside linebacker Shawne Merriman, one of the NFL's top young stars who decided Tuesday not to appeal his suspension for testing positive for steroids.


Merriman's suspension is another blow to one of the NFL's toughest defenses, which has been hit by injuries and off-field trouble since before the season started. Nicknamed "Lights Out" because of his punishing hits, Merriman will be shut down for games at home against Cleveland, at Cincinnati, at Denver and at home against the Oakland Raiders.

Merriman, who's tied for the NFL lead with 8 1/2 sacks, and his attorney have blamed a tainted supplement for the player's positive test for the steroid nandrolone. Merriman couldn't be reached for comment.

The suspension won't officially begin until after Merriman addresses his teammates on Wednesday. After that, he'll be barred from the team's headquarters until he's eligible to return on Nov. 27.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Merriman had sought a deal with the league that would allow him to address his teammates on Wednesday before his suspension took effect, and the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that request was granted. Under NFL rules, suspended players are banned from their team facilities.

The Chargers, who were off Tuesday, vowed to press on without Merriman, a Pro Bowl starter who was voted the 2005 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

"He's upset because he let his team down, but we're OK," outside linebacker Shaun Phillips said in a phone interview. "We're behind him 100 percent. We know he's not that kind of guy, that he wouldn't do anything to boost his performance.

"We're a good team. We'll get over it," said Phillips, who moved into the starting lineup after Steve Foley was shot by an off-duty police officer on Sept. 3. Phillips missed Sunday's 38-24 win over the St. Louis Rams with a calf injury and has only a 50 percent chance of playing against the Browns.

Had Merriman gone through with the appeal and lost, there was the chance he'd miss both games against Denver. The Chargers host the Broncos on Dec. 10. Few people expected Merriman to win on appeal because the NFL holds players accountable for knowing the contents of the supplements they take.

Word of Merriman's positive test leaked on Oct. 22. Merriman announced last Tuesday he was appealing, and matched his career-high with three sacks against the Rams. He celebrated each as he usually does, by pretending to flip a switch tattooed on his forearm followed by a spasmodic dance.

Carlos Polk, who missed most of the last two seasons due to injuries, is expected to start in Merriman's place. Polk has no starts and one sack in six seasons..

"We're obviously going to support Shawne and we'll prepare for the alternatives much the way we would if we had a player who wasn't available for other reasons," coach Marty Schottenheimer said by phone. "We'll put the pieces together and go back to work."

Merriman apologized to his teammates last Monday for the distraction his positive test caused. But Schottenheimer and other players said it would be a distraction only if they let it.

"The way we performed with this information out there would indicate it was not a distraction," Schottenheimer said.

While Phillips is expected to be listed as questionable for the Browns game, end Igor Olshansky (knee) is expected to be doubtful due to a knee injury.

General manager A.J. Smith and Merriman's attorney, David Cornwell, didn't return calls seeking comment.

The team released this statement:

"We're proud of the standup way Shawne has taken responsibility for the mistake he made. We have faith in Shawne Merriman and we have faith in the players on this team. The Chargers have been resilient all season long, and we will continue to be resilient. It's a tough lesson learned for Shawne about the world of supplements."

Besides Merriman's suspension, the Chargers have had five separate off-field issues dating back to April.

Foley was shot three times near his suburban home early on Sept. 3 by an off-duty police officer who suspected him of drunk driving. Foley will miss the entire season and was charged with two counts of DUI.

Safety Terrence Kiel was arrested on five felony drug counts in September and has pleaded not . He missed one game.

Cornerback Markus Curry, who had been demoted to the practice squad, was released on Oct. 9, just hours after he was arrested on suspicion of committing domestic violence.

Foley and Phillips were each arrested for scuffling with San Diego police officers a week apart in April. Neither was charged.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2644175

klick81
11-01-2006, 03:02 PM
Serve the damn time...cheater.