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Merriman denies steroids incident at U.S.-Canada border

Shawne Merriman AP

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.

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44 Responses to “Merriman denies steroids incident at U.S.-Canada border”
  1. sickpuppyz says: Aug 18, 2011 9:10 PM

    once a juicer….

  2. war27 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:12 PM

    They should go all college football on the Chargers and remove all the wins they got with Merriman.

    Then I figure the results would still be the same, an empty Lombardi case.

  3. sickpuppyz says: Aug 18, 2011 9:12 PM

    Merriman is trying to re-find his magic across the border? What did they stop him for? roid-rage after Canadian doc gave him the kool-aid?

  4. trbowman says: Aug 18, 2011 9:13 PM

    You’ll take him at his word? I won’t.

    I said it when he had his “re-surgence.” It’s just a coincidence this re-surgence is after an off-season without any football/testing?

  5. bucks12965 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:13 PM

    It was only HGH, insulin, & masking agents.

  6. mondoman805 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:13 PM

    So, that’s why the Bull dance was back.

  7. coleman121280 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:13 PM

    “I worked my butt off to have a great season”

    Yeah right….You and Clay Matthews.

  8. letsgobuffaloin2011 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:14 PM

    Please dont give that total hack Pat Moron any recognition. He is about as credible as the other million wannabees who have some blog floating around the net.

  9. kayotiicdat says: Aug 18, 2011 9:15 PM

    No wonder why he actually played decent.. I KNEW IT!

  10. adogdc says: Aug 18, 2011 9:15 PM

    You were probably better to have not reported it. The way this was written is ridiculous. Poorly written and not coroborated.

  11. pdxbolt says: Aug 18, 2011 9:16 PM

    Shocking development. Was Tila Tequilla with him?

  12. androk23 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:16 PM

    Moran is a moron.

  13. tjacks7 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:17 PM

    Yea, and Roger Goodell didn’t pressure Mike Vick into thinking being third string QB for the Eagles was his “best option.”

  14. n0hopeleft says: Aug 18, 2011 9:18 PM

    The Eagles will pick him up after Buffalo cuts him. After all, they need him.

  15. iflounder says: Aug 18, 2011 9:20 PM

    it was probably valtrax to get rid of the last traces of tila tequila.

  16. patsandsox says: Aug 18, 2011 9:22 PM

    If they had found something illegal wouldnt we have heard about it?

  17. richm2256 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:26 PM

    For now, we’ll take Merriman at his word
    ——————————————————-
    Which is worth squat.

    Didn’t he deny being on the juice in San Diego, too?

  18. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 18, 2011 9:26 PM

    I believe him.

    And, I also believe that Ochocinco and Haynesworth will be Pro Bowlers in New England this year. And, that the moon is made of green cheese.

  19. pencepost says: Aug 18, 2011 9:26 PM

    This is going to result in one of two outcomes:

    A) Career-ending trouble, or

    B) Defensive Player of the Year

  20. rolandsloan says: Aug 18, 2011 9:28 PM

    For those who don’t know…Everybody gets “stopped” at the border. Most are just asked a few questions…..If you look shifty you may have your car disassembled. Or somewhere in between.

  21. My Last Victim Escaped says: Aug 18, 2011 9:31 PM

    I told you fools to check him!!!

  22. suckleague says: Aug 18, 2011 9:32 PM

    He obviously jedi mind tricked them.
    SM – These aren’t the syringes you’re looking for. I can go about my business. Move along.

    Ok, move along eh.

  23. gobills716 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:39 PM

    Give me a break. He clearly got stopped at the border (like plenty of innocent people are everyday) and some border agent makes this story up. If they found steroids it would have been documented and the NFL, not buffalosportsdaily.com would have investigated. This is a classic example of a rumor mill at work.

  24. rolandsloan says: Aug 18, 2011 9:44 PM

    The guy who wrote this story did so on a
    Commodore 64….Not the best source in the world.

  25. jacksonjames4 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:45 PM

    how could you people not want him to juice. that d-line needs the help BAD. and if a little hgh is all it takes to keep up 2.5 sacks per game (last week) and for us to keep getting a taste of the lights out dance.. let him be. besides he’s cool too.
    give buffalo buffalo a break man

  26. joyjoy69 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:51 PM

    Wow! So many comments already, and none about “Interent”! My guess on this high/low for comments about the typo – 15. I think maybe it should be lower than that…

  27. cubano76 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:53 PM

    Stupid is as stupid does!

  28. nookers says: Aug 18, 2011 10:07 PM

    As a Bills fan .. I will say state the obvious .. a yearly tradition “Here we go again .. “

  29. imrandymoss says: Aug 18, 2011 10:19 PM

    Incredibly irresponsible reporting. The guy who started this rumor is not a reporter, he’s a moron fan that started a rumor without any credible source. This is a great way to smear a guys character without any real facts. Pathetic.

  30. rickyck45 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:24 PM

    Can you say HGH……

  31. polishkingski says: Aug 18, 2011 10:33 PM

    MAN, I WILL TELL YOU!….if this turns out to be true then this dude has a serious problem. i mean htf could you do something that dumb especially when you know everyone that follows pro football is watching to see if this would happen? please say it ain`t so shawn, please!

  32. skoobyfl says: Aug 18, 2011 10:37 PM

    Pat’s previous claim to fame (past bartending) was once a Junior Journalist & after reading this he’ll always be a Junior Journalist. The boys at BZ choose him over me during a Mod battle, hope they can swallow this without choking.

    SM needs to sue him for the pennies he is worth, that’ll get him back to passing drink (where he belongs).

  33. bills87 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:38 PM

    Haters gonna hate, but Merriman is innocent.

    The hack that wrote this nonsense, Pat Moran, has absolutely no credibility in anything he writes. He makes things up to get hits for his sh!tty website. Don’t believe a word of anything he writes.

    News like this would have been all over the place from credible media outlets if it were even remotely true.

  34. orthodoxdj says: Aug 18, 2011 10:40 PM

    The hall of fame and Merriman have something in common: they’re both a juicer. HOF commonalities end there.

  35. dan7800 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:51 PM

    The 10000000000000th example how an idiot can start a rumor on the internet.

  36. hobartbaker says: Aug 18, 2011 11:31 PM

    Turns out it was just maple syrup.

  37. wtfru2 says: Aug 18, 2011 11:50 PM

    It was just a little leftover DRANK, what does two tablespoons prove?

  38. sfbla says: Aug 19, 2011 1:01 AM

    This is complete BS. The “journalist” who wrote it is worthless. The Buffalo News has already trashed it: http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/bills-nfl/article526915.ece

    The sNews is not exactly Bills friendly so if they’ve decided it’s nothing & passed on the opportunity to trash the Bills then there is nothing there.

  39. Waxxx4321 says: Aug 19, 2011 1:41 AM

    “Step in too a Steroid Slim JIM” Lights Out!!

  40. jcdavey2011 says: Aug 19, 2011 1:48 AM

    you can tell the writer of the article doesn’t cross the border often, if ever

    people get stopped ALL the time at the border, suitcases or not

    random checks happen several times per hour lol

  41. mofopro58 says: Aug 19, 2011 2:28 AM

    Priest Holmes is too good for this, but I’m not. Go Eff Yourself dude. #roideduphasbeen

  42. pahahaha says: Aug 19, 2011 2:42 AM

    “You selfish S.O.B”, Sincerely Arron Maybin

  43. pantherdan says: Aug 19, 2011 3:28 AM

    OK…It makes sense now…”Lights burned out” Merriman comes back this year and after two weeks of practice he goes out and leads the free world in sacks and after 5 years he is once again suddenly the “LIGHTS OUT” version of Merriman who was having his best games of his career while juicing….

    Just a matter of time before his masking agents are found out…but I still cannot believe he would be so stupid as to bring the stuff over himself! Hell, he can pay a testosterone deficient man to simply go and get a legit rx and then buy the masking for him.

  44. keepitsimplestoopid says: Aug 19, 2011 6:32 AM

    For all we know he was stopped Cause he’s young and he’s black and his hat’s real low.

    Getting stopped by the border patrol is actually very routine. Look at them sideways and they can take your car apart.

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