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Shawne Merriman Got Up And Left In The Middle Of A Difficult Interview On ESPN

highly questionable merrimanWell, this is uncomfortable. Shawne Merriman was on “Highly Questionable” (that other ESPN talking heads show that no one really knows about because it’s all Dan Le Batard, all the time) and then suddenly, he wasn’t.

During a weird segment (and perhaps somebody can explain the context here?) in which Le Batard and Bomani Jones asked Shawne Merriman about his house burning down as a child, Merriman just… left. A highly questionable interview, indeed. Watch (via Busted Coverage):

Just bad timing? Or another example of a big-name athlete getting annoyed with an unceasing line of questions about a topic he’s not comfortable discussing? As BC points out, asking “How did it feel to come home and see your house on fire?” rates pretty low on the Intelligent Question Scale. It feels really shitty, Bomani.

However, like the Jameis Winston interview, we have to wonder if there wasn’t a better way for Merriman to handle this. Maybe say “It’s not my favorite topic of discussion — can we move on?” next time instead of just bouncing and letting the awkward audio kid clean up after you.

Jones tweeted this out afterwards:

Way to ask the tough questions!

Merriman, however, seems cool with how things played out:

  • Roscoe

    He was there to talk up his foundation that helps the homeless. Hence the personal ‘house-a-fire, now I’m homeless-yikes!’ story to really drive home the empathy angle. It all seemed pretty pre-scripted.

    FWIW, he didn’t seem pissed when he walked off, it seemed like someone either motioned to him or ear-talked, rightly or wrongly, that it was time to go. Ah well.

  • Dub

    The interview questions weren’t anything compared to this shitty article. Great job dude…calling another journalist slimy in the slimiest way possible..the difference between Dan and Bomani is they asked questions to someone’s face..unlike you hiding being a keyboard like a coward.

  • Jerry

    What’s the point of posting something like this if you’re not even going to do the legwork to uncover some context? This is not only erroneous, but you ask far more questions than you answer.

  • Chad3535

    You can most definitely tell that Merriman has had some pretty shady situations in his life. Just look at his reaction to the Tia Tequila conversation. He could just have a hard time articulating his responses to difficult questions. Even the discussion about his steroid abuse was as if he never did anything wrong. I think living in denial is just part of his persona. Even saying that I think this guy’s still really great at his sport and I love him a ton. Major stud.

  • Sam

    He’s still really great at his sport?

  • FlameBait

    Of course more questions should be coming, Bonami–but there’s a difference between “digging deeper” and, as the old saying goes, “digging your way to China.” Learn the difference, and stay on subject.
    FWIW… I don’t think Merriman’s “issue” was with the fire, as much as the shelter(s) he ended up in. Did something uncomfortable/bad happen there? Anyone watching this can see, *THAT’S* where the conversation ended. He didn’t want to get trapped into a 10-minute grilling and drilling about the shelter(s).

  • Chad3535

    Meaning knowledge about it. Obviously he’s retired.

  • vernsviews

    Here’s a longer clip that give more context:


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