View Full Version : The Shawne Merriman Cheater Rule in 2007

Mr. Laz
02-04-2007, 11:42 AM
POSTED 11:39 a.m. EST, February 4, 2007


Well, it looks like the NFL is going to adopt the "Shawne Merriman" rule.

Per ESPN's Chris Mortensen, any players who test positive for performance-enhancing substances will be prevented from appearing in the Pro Bowl in the same season in which the positive test occurs.

A reader tells us that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made a similar disclosure during a Sunday appearance on Face the Nation.

The rule is expected to be implemented in the 2007 season.

We think it's a great idea, as anyone who has been coming to this site already knows.

The issue came to a head this year because Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman made the Pro Bowl despite missing four games after being suspended for violation of the policy against steroids and related substances. Though some writers have explained that this is the same kind of off-field stuff that isn't supposed to be considered when voting on who'll make the Hall of Fame, the reality is that this is one area in which what is done off of the field (i.e., the consumption of steroids) has a direct effect on what happens between the lines.

And make no mistake about it. Folks who use steroids aren't looking for a quick Popeye-style boost of energy. The idea is to speed recovery from workouts so that more workouts may occur, allowing the body to grow faster than it normally would. So if a guy has been using steroids, he'll be bigger than he fairly should be. Even if the 'roids are out of the player's system.

Coincidentally (or not), we're hearing chatter that Merriman is noticeably smaller than he was during the season. We'll all get a look at him next weekend in Hawaii (and this might prompt us to actually watch the Pro Bowl).

In all fairness to Merriman, he claims that he did not intentionally consume a banned substance, and that it was in a supposedly "clean" supplement he was taking. But Merriman to date has refused to identify the supplement, and he has admitted that he no longer has the package that supposedly contained the spiked material.

Extra Point
02-04-2007, 11:44 AM
How friggin lame. After reading Whitlock's article today, a season suspension with a hole in the roster per offense would do it for the league and the fans.

02-04-2007, 11:45 AM
We'll see how good he really will be next year, now that he won't have his secret supplement, and the NFL will be watching him closely.

Mr. Laz
02-04-2007, 11:51 AM
oops ......... Mecca is a dumbass :p
it should be part of the punishment for being caught roiding.

the league should seriously consider banning them from post season play as well.

get caught busting for roids...

1. suspension
2. fine
3. no probowl or any other award possible
4. no post season play????

suspension and no post season play would send a message to the team to "suggest" to them that they should try harder to prevent such things.The players union would come down on the league like a shit storm.....they have agreed to punishments they can't just take them beyond that because they feel like it.i imagine the players association would welcome more of a team punishment being included.

and yes ... the league would consult with the players association before changing the punishment.I seriously doubt it.....ever see how guys who have big roles act about it? Troy Vincent is the president of the players union. If he's on your team he won't play when anything is wrong with him and he'll tell your other players that they should sit out if anything is wrong with them because the team isn't looking out for them and doesn't care about them. It's on them to protect their careers, because if something happens the team will just cut them and not care.

Now he has a point but it is frustrating when half your team is sitting out with minor injuries.NFLPA is one of the more accommodating players "union" there is.

that's how the league got this many fines etc already.

02-04-2007, 01:16 PM
Really toughen it up....2nd offense Thrown out of the league.

02-04-2007, 02:23 PM
They always gotta keep the black man down...

02-04-2007, 02:45 PM
I think they should just quit testing... Out of sight, out of mind.

The only reason players keep juicing is because almost none of them get caught. It's like a lotto. A TON of players are taking this stuff, and in order to get caught, you have to really mess up. The "test" is as simple as checking to see how high your testosterone level is compared to your epitestosterone levels. In a normal athletic man, that ratio is naturally close to 1:1. In order to get a "positive" test, that ratio has to be 4:1. When you take steroids, your testosterone goes up, but your epitestosterone stays the same. But you have to take enough steroids to more than QUADRUPLE your natural test levels to set off the alarm.

02-04-2007, 02:49 PM
I think they should just quit testing... Out of sight, out of mind.

Then the NFL could be like the old SNL steroid olympics where the weightlifter ripped his own arms off.

02-04-2007, 02:56 PM
oh the russian has to be dissapointed

02-04-2007, 03:14 PM
So now the tattoo means he got his juice cutoff. Karma's a bitch.

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