BuffaloSportsDaily.com reported Thursday that Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman tried to enter the country with steroid on July 28th.
It is because situations like this I only do commentary.
They teach you in college when it comes to reporting a story you better have two sources. That way the story is accurate and the possibility of it being false is reduced to a minimum.
In regards to the Merriman story, that was flawed from the get go.
When I first read the story two thoughts popped in my head. Them being Merriman either got preferential treatment or the story is completely false.
It is not uncommon for NFL players to get preferential treatment. After all they are stars in society today.
However, in this case we are probably talking about something completely false.
Merriman did admit that he did go to a massage in Canada and had his bags searched at the border. Merriman went and had a massage in Canada and afterwards was on his way to Bills training camp. That means Merriman had a lot of bags on him.
Obviously, with Merriman entering the country with a lot of bags agents searched them according to proceedure.
What most likely happened is that some of the guys joked around that he must of had steroids on him and as the word spread through the employees it eventually turned into Merriman actually indeed have steroid.
In the end, reporters need concentrate more on the validity of a story instead being the person to break it.