Merriman Opts Out of ’08
Posted by hiphopmama on September 10, 2008
After attempting to play with a torn MCL and LCL in his left knee, Shawne Merrimen wisely called it quits for the ’08 season in order to have the necessary surgery. Supposedly, he consulted four different doctors, all of whom recommended he forego this season and have reconstructive knee surgery, but he wanted to play, which I guess is understandable. From what I’ve heard, sustaining another injury with those tears already in place could have been catastrophic, so it’s probably for the best that he pack it up and come back when he’s healthy. His loss will hurt, but the Chargers did go 4-0 during his suspension for steroid use in 2006.
I can’t make up my mind on whether I like this guy or not. I don’t usually mind much in the way of in-game celebrations – my tolerance is higher than most – but his antics occasionally rub me the wrong way. Then there’s the steroids thing, but I find it hard to believe he’s the only one. His shit is a little over the top, that’s for sure, but he doesn’t seem nearly as egomaniacal as the offensive nutcases, like T.O. and Ocho Cinco. Down goes another Pro Bowler with a knee injury.