Will Shawne Merriman Be Suspended For Assaulting Tila Tequila?

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst ISeptember 10, 2009

Here is a very interesting story for those who follow my articles.  Even I can show objectivity for an enemy.

As you would know, I have written articles on why I believed that NFL suspensions by Roger Goodell have been excessive, because they have inordinately punished black players.

Only recently, I decided to concede my criticism of Goodell (along with others), and instead dump all my criticism at one freeloader and incompetent journalist, Jay Mariotti.

Now we have reports that San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting TV personality, Tila Tequila.

The question in my mind has been: Will Goodell suspend Merriman?

To remain consistent with previous opinions, I can only say that due process should be allowed to take place, and that any suspension should be based on a ruling from the court, not just tabloids (ex, Pacman Jones).

I have argued that the buzz-stories about NFL players like Pacman Jones result in a mob mentality, in which people suddenly want to accuse that player of something, anything, in order to get attention.

And now, we're dealing with a reality TV star.  Yep, a person whose career it is to create drama and discord for attention.  And I say this knowing that Tequila has said she will root for the Raiders.

In an indirect way, this proves what I have said about Pacman Jones: NFL stars are ego-magnets in public and that egotistical people are drawn to them, in hopes of getting a piece of the spotlight or money.

That does not excuse Merriman from the charges however.  If the charges are true, and charges of assault usually have empirical evidence, then Merriman should be punished by the court and reviewed by Roger Goodell.  Merriman of course, has been suspended in the past for using steroids.

To make his case worse, Merriman gloated to Playboy Magazine, "I'm so dangerous I scare myself!"

The point I'm making here is simple, if a court finds that the charges of assault are true, then Merriman should be suspended in accordance with Goodell's disciplinary policy, rather than given special treatment.

At the same time, this is the type of case that could become a tabloid motherload.  I caution readers then, to not believe everything you read in tabloids or derive opinions based on patterns you observe in tabloids.

Of all the charges against suspended players not named Michael Vick or Donte Stallworth, the charges against Merriman are easily the most significant.  Acts of violence against women should be universally condemned.

Frankly, I don't have sympathy for Merriman, because he hung-out with a reality TV drama queen and shouldn't be surprised that this would happen.  And if any groups are willing to protest games, as PETA has done for the Eagles, I would like to believe that the similar groups would be consistent in the condemnation.

I say that with one conditional, 'If and only if a court rules that the charges are true,' and be extremely cautious to not read tabloids.

Ben Roethlisberger has been cleared (nearly), now Shawne Merriman has.  Civil or criminal due process was allowed to take place in their cases, while Pacman Jones was just a malcontent who didn't deserve to be dragged through the mud when he committed no crime.