Throughout the afternoon on Thursday, a rumor/report regarding Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman raced through the Internet. According to BuffaloSportsDaily.com, Merriman was “caught carrying steroids near the United States border late Thursday night, July 28 on the eve of Bills’ training camp.”
Per the report, Merriman was found to be in possession of steroids while returning to the U.S. from Canada. He wasn’t arrested or booked.
Given the serious nature of the allegation against Merriman, who was suspended four games in 2006 after testing positive for nandrolene, we opted not to address it until the incident was confirmed — or until Merriman addressed it.
Merriman addressed it earlier tonight on Twitter, explaining that he is “disappointed by a story that was written by a Buffalo writer regarding a routine stop at the Canadian border a few weeks ago.” The statement implies that something indeed occurred as Merriman re-entered the U.S.
“To clarify,” Merriman added, “there was absolutely NO steroids found in my vehicle & there were NO charges against me. I’ve received a great welcome by the community and fans. I’ve worked my butt off to have a great season.”
The denial invites speculation that some banned substance other than steroids was found in Merriman’s vehicle, and it’s safe to say that someone will be tracking down whatever documentation was created as a result of the stop in order to find out exactly what happened.
For now, we’ll take Merriman at his word.