By Casey Pearce
A disappointed Shawne Merriman and his attorney met with the San Diego media Monday afternoon in attempt to shed some light on recent reports involving Merriman and the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
According to David Cornwell, Merriman’s attorney, the Chargers’ second-year linebacker has been notified that he has tested positive for a banned substance but has not yet been suspended due to a pending appeal process.
“The reason that we’re here today is that someone breached the confidentiality provisions of the National Football League’s policy for which there is a ($500,000) fine,” Cornwell said. “Under the program, a player is notified of a violation. In order to find out the specifics of the violation, the player must file an appeal first. So we’ve done that. We’ve not yet received the documents relating to the alleged violation, and until we do, there is not much I can say about it.”