Sunday, September 6, 2009

shawne merriman arrested

San Diego Chargers star outside linebacker Shawne Merriman was arrested Sunday and accused of choking and restraining his girlfriend, reality TV star Tila Tequila, as she tried to leave his suburban home.He was taken into San Diego County Jail.

Tequila, whose real name is Tila Nguyen, placed a call at 3:45 a.m., accusing Merriman of choking and physically restraining her. She claims Merriman prevented her from being able to leave his house, and signed a citizen's arrest warrant at the scene, charging him with battery and false imprisonment.Tequila was taken to a hospital. Her condition was not immediately available.

General manager A.J. Smith, however, quickly issued a statement on Sunday that implied the Chargers will not take immediate disciplinary action against Merriman.

"It's disappointing to hear about the issue involving Shawne Merriman," Smith said in the statement. "We'll continue to monitor the situation and let the legal process run its course."

Scott E. Leemon, an attorney for Tequila, said in a statement that neither she nor her representatives would comment publicly on the incident.

Merriman was the 12th overall pick out of Maryland in the 2005 draft, and had 39 1/2 sacks in his first three seasons. The three-time Pro Bowl selection was getting back into shape after missing nearly all of last season following knee surgery.

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