Casserly expects Merriman to be first player to get subpoena for Congress

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In his weekly segment on the CBS pregame show, former Redskins and Texans G.M. Charley Casserly buried the lede, in a big way.

At the tail end of an update regarding the issue of HGH testing, Casserly dropped a bombshell.  If the NFLPA forces Congress to conduct hearings aimed at forcing HGH testing, Congress will subpoena not only NFLPA leadership but also players, who’ll be grilled under oath on whether they are using HGH — and whether they know anyone who is.

Casserly says that the first guy who’ll be invited to the proceedings is Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman.

It would be a baseball-style fiasco that could embarrass players and the league, and that could get some guys prosecuted for perjury, if they don’t tell the truth.

It’s a brilliant move by Congress.  With a perception that the NFLPA is dragging its feet in order to force testing — and thus to obtain cover for the decision to agree to it in the CBA — NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith now must ponder a potentially more harmful outcome to his chances of being re-elected in March 2012.  If Smith strings this out to the point that it forces the players to be publicly interrogated, and possibly humiliated, he could be back practicing law at Patton Boggs by the time the next season kicks off.

30 responses to “Casserly expects Merriman to be first player to get subpoena for Congress

  1. The NFLPA is dragging its feet because the labs that are producing the drug, haven’t finished the masking agent yet. When it all comes out of who is involved, I just have to say….Follow the money!

  2. Good. Someone needs to put them in the hot seat. It is ridiculous that they made an agreement months ago and haven’t started yet. If you put the players on the spot perhaps they will force the union to accept a regime like most international sports do.

  3. Why don’t the subpoena the owners? They’re the ones who benefit the most from having roided-up monsters selling their team’s jerseys. They all know what’s going on.

    This will be just like baseball, a couple of players will get scapegoated and the people who profit off of these guys risking their health will get off scot-free, like that scumbag Bud Selig.

  4. MusclePharm (MP) is getting enough grief over having Mike Vick being one of their products spokespeople. Merriman is another. This wouldn’t be good for that company.

  5. Its not a great move by Congress. Its not a Congressional issue. I wont even take the slant that Congress has better things to worry about. Because even if Congress had nothing else to worry about, this would still not be a issue for it/them.

  6. “With a perception that the NFLPA is dragging its feet in order to force testing — and thus to obtain cover for the decision to agree to it in the CBA — NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith now must ponder a potentially more harmful outcome to his chances of being re-elected in March 2012.”
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    Slimy, weaselly, manipulative, calculating, sneaky, disingenuous etc, etc, etc….

    Extremely distasteful but hardly surprising. It’s just typical of unions and typical of lawyers.

  7. First, wish I understood exactly what HGH is supposed to do. Steroids I get. But people keep saying HGH speeds healing–and I really don’t have a problem with that unless it’s harmful to players in the long-term. Speeding recovery isn’t cheating. Is there demonstrable evidence that HGH makes players bigger, stronger, and faster?

    Second, wish I understood why Congress is involved. Of course, I understand in the abstract. But we’re facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Surely their focus–and our tax money–would be better used elsewhere.

  8. jpb12 says:
    Oct 30, 2011 12:44 PM
    De Smith… not too smart

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    De Smith…practicing attorney. Probably a hell of a lot smarter than anyone on this messageboard

  9. “Second, wish I understood why Congress is involved. Of course, I understand in the abstract. But we’re facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Surely their focus–and our tax money–would be better used elsewhere.”
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    Dead straight Deb.

  10. It’s NOT a brilliant move by congress. Can’t remember the last time they did anything remotely resembling brilliant. This is pathetic. Elected officials have nothing to do with the NFL, our source of fall entertainment.

  11. At 1:08pm, 10/30, backindasaddle said:

    Slimy, weaselly, manipulative, calculating, sneaky, disingenuous etc, etc, etc….

    Extremely distasteful but hardly surprising. It’s just typical of unions and typical of lawyers.

    Sounds more like management to me, and lawyers work both sides of the table, don’t they?

  12. I hate that Congress may get involved, but someone needs to save these guys from themselves. Tendons don’t get as strong as the muscles they support. Imagine putting a 1 pound weight on a rubber band and then expect a slightly stronger rubber band to support ten or twenty times that much weight. No wonder there are a ton of Achilles injuries and tendon injuries that are not a result of contact.

  13. so great that congress has solved all the other problems in the country today and can now help the nfl!

  14. Rumor has it, Bill Romanowski is planning on writing a tell-all book where plans on naming names, a la Jose Canaeco’s Juiced. Deja Vu all over again. I can see it now, Texans’ LB Brian Cushing wagging his finger at Congress while proudly proclaiming, “I have NEVER used illegal substances, NEVER!”

  15. For those who are wondering why Congress is involved, it is a simple matter of the fact that Congress gave the NFL an anti-trust exemption. When you ask the government for a special favor, you get more scrutiny.

  16. ‘dickmac’ wrote:
    Sounds more like management to me, and lawyers work both sides of the table, don’t they?
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    We’re not talking about “management” are we. We are talking about DeMaurice Smith. He is the union head, he is a lawyer, and he is a weasel.

  17. etoharin78 says:
    I hate that Congress may get involved, but someone needs to save these guys from themselves.
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    Isn’t that what the union actually should be doing? Shouldn’t the union actually be doing things that are in the best interest of the players? What could be more important than the players health? If the union were actually concerned about the players well being and….not just power, control and money…. they would be addressing this issue from the standpoint of the players health and well being and they would be in favor of eliminating illegal drugs. Instead the head of the union DeMaurice Smith is acting like a slithering snake in the grass and treats it as a union power and control issue.

    Is the union genuinely acting on behalf of its constituents if it acts against something that would be beneficial to their health and well being?

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