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Wile_E_Coyote
10-31-2006, 10:52 AM
Report: Merriman to drop appeal, serve four-game ban

ESPN.com news services

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


San Diego Chargers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=sdg) linebacker Shawne Merriman (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=7188) plans to drop his appeal and serve a four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

The Times reported that a deal between Merriman's lawyer and the NFL was being worked out Monday night. According to a person briefed on the discussions, the deal would allow Merriman to appear at team headquarters on Wednesday to address his teammates, the newspaper said. Normally, a suspended NFL player is barred from his team's facilities. The Times reported that if Merriman does not drop the appeal by noon Tuesday, he must proceed with the appeal, scheduled to be heard Nov. 7.

"I don't know what is going to happen yet and someone has already said I'm thinking about dropping the appeal and what not, but I still have to find out what is going on myself," Merriman told reporters on Monday. "I haven't decided anything yet. I'll find out sometime today [Monday] or tomorrow [Tuesday] what I am going to do, if I am going to do anything at all. It's just all part of the process."

Since his appeal is set for Nov. 7, Merriman was able to play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams and would get to play in this Sunday's home game against the Cleveland Browns (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=cle), unless he decides to drop it.
Merriman said the positive drug test stems from a tainted supplement, and not many people give him a chance of avoiding a four-game suspension.

If he dropped his appeal, Merriman would miss the Chargers' next four games, against the Cleveland Browns (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=cle), Cincinnati Bengals (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=cin), Denver Broncos (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=den) and Oakland Raiders (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=oak). He would be eligible return against the Buffalo Bills (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=buf) on Dec. 3.

Asked if his heel injury would affect his decision, he said with a wink: "Yeah, my heel is hurt so bad I think I will probably be out three-to-four weeks."

Then he added: "No, my heel is fine. I'm just trying to stay off it a little bit today."

"I just want to stay on the field. That is all I'm considering right now," said Merriman, the 2005 Defensive Rookie of the Year who has a team-high 8 sacks. "Obviously I want to be back as soon as possible if anything is going to happen at all. But assuming that something might happen, I have to do what's best to get back on the field as soon as possible."

Merriman said he'd feel cheated if he didn't get to state his case. "But at the same time its not about me proving a point or proving anything anymore. It's about me playing football."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

FAX
10-31-2006, 10:54 AM
So, which 4 games might this be?

FAX

boogblaster
10-31-2006, 11:01 AM
Bailiff whack his pee-pee .....

jspchief
10-31-2006, 11:05 AM
Gee, I never saw that coming. (http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showpost.php?p=3514189&postcount=18)

Nice to see that he's able to work the system to get Oakland as one of the missed games instead of the Rams.

terrysheafanclub
10-31-2006, 11:09 AM
thats the size of his balls. too bad merriman doesnt play for denver so the fans could fondle him.

Iowanian
10-31-2006, 11:48 AM
Hey.....if he's back vs 1 of the donk games, that helps the dolt chances of beating them.

I hate Denver alot more than Sandy Eggo.

Reerun_KC
10-31-2006, 12:33 PM
The ESPN guys where just slobbering all over his manhood last night. Talking about what a freak he is and how strong and fast he is..

all I could think is uh yeah Dumbass'es, The freaking loser is cheating and taking banded substances that enhance his preformance.

ESPN is still a joke.

Merriman is cheating. That is why is seems better than anyone else.

BigRock
10-31-2006, 02:48 PM
Someone should make an icon so that instead of :bolts:, there's a syringe for Merriman, Castillo, and the San Diego 'Roiders.

tk13
10-31-2006, 02:55 PM
I think they should change the rule, so that if you appeal, you have to wait until the date of the appeal to serve the suspension, no matter what. Or at least something like that, so that you either start serving it immediately, or wait until an appeal. Two choices of start dates, not being able to pick and choose when you serve the suspension. That's not fair for someone who has been busted for something. That should really apply to all sports.

'Hamas' Jenkins
10-31-2006, 03:03 PM
Listening to these jackasses on NFL Live call him a "great kid"

The guy is a cheater, and an arrogant asshole.

If some regular guy dies, it's a tragedy, if Shawne Merriman dies, it's just a statistic.

NJ Chief Fan
11-01-2006, 10:45 AM
Gee, I never saw that coming. (http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showpost.php?p=3514189&postcount=18)

Nice to see that he's able to work the system to get Oakland as one of the missed games instead of the Rams.
http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?p=3502519#post3502519

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fan4ever
11-01-2006, 03:21 PM
Maybe that light switch tattoo on his arm was to hide his track marks . . .






. . . yeah, I know, he shoots up on his arse . . .

Halfcan
11-01-2006, 03:34 PM
Merrimum will have lots of injuries coming up in the near future- his body will wear down from the Roids or he will get caught again-either way he will go down as a Cheat.