Merriman's story holds up

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Border Patrol said no criminal action is pending against Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman stemming from his stop at the U.S./Canada border the day before training camp began.

BuffaloSportsDaily.com reported that Merriman was found to be in possession of steroids during a search of his possessions, but Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News reports that doesn’t appear to be the case.

No problem," Merriman told Gaughan. "I came across as I normally do. I go there to get some massage therapy work done. They just questioned me about some bags and stuff I had. I was stopped and that was it. I was coming to camp. I had suitcases and stuff like that. They just wanted to go through all my stuff."

Merriman said they searched the suitcases Merriman was taking to training camp but that nothing was confiscated. Per Gaughan, rumors about Merriman having containers confiscated had circulated for weeks.

"We have not been presented with any matter for prosecution involving Shawne Merriman or anyone else on the Buffalo Bills," James Kennedy, first assistant in the U.S. Attorney's office in Buffalo, told Gaughan.

Border Patrol said unless an individual is arrested or charged with a crime, they don’t have any information to share.

So, Merriman’s denial holds up and that’s a very good thing for him.

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