"You know I sort of believe Shawne Merriman’s half-baked denial about knowingly using steroids." - from Jason Whitlock's recent NFL truths (click quote for column)
Certainly, young guys make mistakes. Sometimes just taking things at face value and accepting advice and direction without question. Maybe that is what happened to Shawne Merriman. Maybe he did take something that was tainted, or follow some bad advice. Only he knows for sure. But, I don’t know that we should be so willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
The steroid that Merriman tested positive for was nandrolone. Commonly referred to as deca (deca-durabolin). This steroid is an injectable. It isn’t an orally administered steroid. So, the idea that he somehow ingested it unknowingly or it was an ingredient in an over the counter supplement he took….well, it’s a little far fetched. If Merriman truly wants to clear this up, he needs to come clean with the specific supplements he was taking. The generic excuse “I was taking over the counter supplements and they were tainted” is meaningless if you don’t specify what over the counter supplements you were taking.