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Merriman should admit guilt

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Oct 27, 2006.

  1. robdog

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    By John Czarnecki

    <img align="left" alt="Shawne Merriman" title="Shawne Merriman" src="http://www.blackathlete.net/artman/uploads/smerriman.jpg" />Shawne Merriman is definitely going to lose his appeal of a four-game suspension for steroid use. The appeal hearing is scheduled for Nov. 7. Merriman, one of the game's finest linebackers, will play Sunday against the visiting St. Louis Rams.

    Some players league-wide are mumbling that his sensational 10-sack rookie season is now tainted. The key decision, though, is what Merriman does next to help his teammates on the San Diego Chargers.

    He should admit his guilt and begin his suspension next week; pleading ignorance over what ingredients are in an over-the-counter supplement has never been a successful defense. This would mean he would miss a home game against the hapless Cleveland Browns, road games to Cincinnati and Denver and then a home game to the Raiders.

    Granted, playing without Merriman and pass-rusher Shaun Phillips (calf strain) over the next four games will be tough for the Chargers, but they may be good enough to split those games and remain in playoff contention.

    But if Merriman goes through with his appeal, there is a chance a ruling might not come down for another week, possibly jeopardizing his chances of playing in the second game against the Broncos on Dec. 10.
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