Once upon a time the idea of American Justice involved the concept of innocent until proven guilty. Obviously in the blog and Twitter age that's not really the case anymore. You can be convicted and hung in the court of public opinion in less time than it takes the police to ask you what happened. Even if nothing comes of it people know the police were at your house by the time you get back from the door to sit down on the couch.
Now, for every blogger and Twitter sharing the wealth of knowledge about people who interest us there are a number of "experts" who simply re-hash whatever has already been reported but put their own spin on things. Merriman may very well have taken Tila Tequila, drowned her in the toilet for a bit, threw her through a stained-glass window before grabbing the neighbor's poodles and beating her with them. That's not for me to say. If he is guilty of perpetrating the crimes he is accused of on Ms. Nguyen then he deserves the massive penalty afforded by the law. Domestic violence is a serious crime and does not need to ever be marginalized. I also think it's wrong to call the victim anything in regards to a bimbo or to use any of the other innuendos used in the Union Tribune stories attributed to both Kevin Acee and Tim Sullivan. She is, until the truth has been discovered, the possible victim of a crime. What she does or has done is of no consequence and has no bearing on anything.
But for Kevin Acee to declare Merriman's time with the Chargers at an end is rather irresponsible and hasty. He's not been charged with any crime excepting a citizen's arrest which, though possibly serious, does not equate to a grand jury indictment. Acee needs to keep his opinions to himself in that regard.
Will this be a distraction for the team? Possibly, but I doubt it. I mean, if the Patriots could stay focused after their coach was caught cheating then I'm sure the Chargers, as professionals, can manage to do the same. Will this affect Merriman's status or play? Doubtful. It's doubtful the NFL will act unless or until a conviction is attained. We're not dealing with Pacman Jones here. Merriman does not have a long and checkered history with the police.
Experts are all well and good until their opinions start to make them seem more important than they are. It's like Silver picking the Chiefs to win the AFC West. Silver gets paid for his opinion, oddly enough, but that is all it is, his opinion. Write the story, state the facts, opine if you must, but don't use it as a pulpit to declare your own importance