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.
[adinserter block=”1″]So here we go again. More cases of domestic violence and time for us once again to decide who we think is right and who we think is wrong. Reports say that Tequila was drinking at the time of the incident. A spokesman for Merriman was asked if perhaps the Pro Bowl linebacker was simply trying to avoid Miss Tequila driving drunk, but no comments were made. Merriman’s attorney stated that Merriman was “simply trying to do what was best to assure the safety of Miss Tequila and several eye witnesses will atest to that.”
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.
[adinserter block=”2″]The Chargers are believed my many to be a true Super Bowl contender this season, but you have to believe that the future of this case can tarnish any Super Bowl aspirations. Merriman has released a statement in which he claims he was simply trying to help a friend, and wait for safe transportation for her to leave. Any Charger fan can simply hope that it looks that simple in the eyes of the law. A loss of Merriman for yet another full season will truly hurt the Chargers and Merrimans progress. In two full seasons of play, Merriman already has 29.5 sacks and is considered by many to be the best linebacker in the game today.
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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