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Chargers' Shawne Merriman Arrested for Falsely Imprisoning Tila Tequila

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 26:  MTV Personalities Darren McMullen (L) and Tila Tequila arrive at the 'Foxtel Is Football' Foxtel and FFA hosted party in honour of David Beckham at Cafe Sydney on November 26, 2007 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
Ian PhilipAnalyst IIISeptember 6, 2009

Break out the “steroid-induced rage” jokes. San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman was arrested for allegedly choking and then “trying” to restrain girlfriend Tila Tequila at his home early Sunday morning, according to KNSD-TV.

Come on.

The 6’5” Merriman choked and then “tried” to restrain Tequila, but the 4’11”, 98-pound reality TV star/rapper dug in her size-five heels and held off the rampaging Chargers linebacker long enough to call 9-1-1 and have Merriman arrested?


One Merriman meat hook would snap her neck like a twig. There is no way this guy choked and then “tried” to restrain Tequila. That’s the exaggeration of the century.

If most NFL running backs can’t evade Merriman, then I find it tough to believe that Tila Tequila evaded him.

This inconveniently timed fiasco makes you wonder if A.J. Smith’s concerns over Merriman’s decision-making have been valid all along. It also makes you wonder if Tequila is trying to boost her popularity at the expense of a befuddled but nationally known Merriman.

In any case, Shawne Merriman, you've got to make better decisions.

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