We suggested recently that, once linebacker Shawne Merriman realizes that the uncapped year will prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent, he might go to the NFLPA’s offices and turn the “lights out.”
Somehow, a certain type of “light” was turned on this morning in the union’s suite in D.C.
Per Chris Mortensen of ESPN, a fire broke out there earlier this morning.
We assume that Merriman has an alibi. (And, obviously, we’re kidding about the suggestion that he went there and tried to burn the place down. His method of choice would simply be to pound the crap out of everyone.)
The fire started in Executive Director De Smith’s office. Most of the damage was caused by the internal sprinker system.
There is no current suspicion that foul play was involved, but the union has provided to investigators access to its internal surveillance system.
UPDATE: We’ve obtained exclusive access to the tapes. There’s audio, too — let it play to the end.