San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawn Merriman is the latest superstar to put himself in trouble with the law. I continue to say it. Just because you dress a man up in a pro football uniform and pay him loads of money, doesn’t mean he knows what to do with it. Granted at this moment it is mostly speculation, yet it is not good news for Chargers’ fans.
Word out of California is that Merriman was arrested Sunday. Merriman is accused of choking gal pal and former reality TV “star” Tila Tequila, and restraining her from leaving his home. Tequila filed a citizens arrest warrant chaging Merriman with both battery and false imprisonment which are both felonies. Deputies arrived at the scene around 3:45 AM and Merriman was taken into custody soon after.
It is not so much what we will hear or see, however as a society we already have him labeled as a criminal. Merriman has been linked to steroid allegations, verbal wars with fellow NFL players, a messy brawl with management last season over a knee injury, and now this. His fiery on field play gets a shadow casted on it by off-field garbage. Another great player tarnished by his actions, be it football related or not.
It could be just another “look at me” moment for Miss Tequila, or it could be the pure rage of Merriman. We will just have to wait and see.
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