Sunday, September 6, 2009
Merriman Has Too Many Shots of Tequila
San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman was placed under citizens arrest Sunday by television reality show hostess and model Tila Nguyen, and accused of choking her, a spokeswoman for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.
Deputies responded around 3:45 a.m. to the 6'4", 25-year-old Merriman's house in the 12000 block of Sage Crest Drive in Poway, after a 4'11" woman called to say she was choked by the player and physically restrained when she had tried to leave, said Jan Caldwell of the Sheriff's Department.
Nguyen, who has also appeared on pornographic Web sites as Tila Tequila, signed a citizen's arrest complaint accusing Merriman of battery and false imprisonment. Nguyen, 27, was the hostess of "A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila" for two seasons on MTV, and photo spreads of her modeling have appeared in a number of men's magazines.
The woman was taken to Pomerado Hospital, and Merriman was taken into custody. His status at Central Jail was not released by authorities, pending a news conference at noon Sunday.
Merriman was the 12th overall pick out of the University of Maryland in the 2005 draft, and had 39.5 sacks in his first three years. The three-time Pro Bowler is considered the linchpin of the Bolts defense, and his absence last year was a major reason behind the 8-8 regular season record.