A player has never been more linked to roids since George Brett battled hemorrhoids in the early 1980s. Shawne Merriman will eternally be linked with steroids if the "Merriman Rule" passes. There are rumors that players will be banned from the Pro Bowl if they fail a substance abuse test.
Perfect. Sure Leonard Little might have murdered a woman by driving drunk, and a certain NFL owner might have drowned her husband to gain control of the team. But let’s be sure to keep Merriman out of the Pro Bowl if he fails a drug test. Maybe the NFL ought to concern itself with keeping the Cincinnati Bengals out of jail. Well, not that any of their guys are a threat to reach the Pro Bowl.
And maybe it is time for the NFL to require some players to take steroids. Like Rex Grossman for instance. The NFL should force the Chicago Bears to juice up Grossman so he might play a little harder. Not that it would hurt.
Maybe if the NFL was serious about sending a message to Merriman, they would refuse to sell his jersey and make money off his image. But we all know that will never happen and it also gives a good look at just how seriously the NFL views its drug policy.