Steroid use? Nike will still be your friend.

Let me get this straight. Barry Bonds, the San Francisco Giants slugger, is a pariah to fans and advertisers alike for his probable steroid use. But Shawne Merriman, the frighteningly fast and strong San Diego Chargers linebacker, has been made the star of Nike ads after getting busted for steroids last year? Um, what? What’s worse, as Steroid Nation notes, the Nike spot shows Merriman exhibiting superhuman speed and strength. Directed by Michael Mann, it’s sure to be seen with alarming regularity this season.

—Posted by Brian Morrissey