San Diego Chargers' Shawne Merriman Arrested For Allegedly Choking Tila Tequila

↵NBC San Diego is reporting that Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly choking reality star Tila "Tequila" Nguyen. ↵

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↵⇥They got the call at 3:45 a.m. on Sunday from a woman who claimed to have been choked and restrained by a male at a home on Sagecrest Drive in Poway. ↵⇥

↵⇥“Nguyen told deputies she had been choked and physically restrained by Merriman when she attempted to leave his residence,” Public Information Officer Jan Caldwell said. ↵⇥

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↵Merriman faces charges of battery and false imprisonment.
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↵The difference in sizes between Merriman and Nguyen is enormous. ↵

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↵Merriman is listed at 6'4", 265 pounds in his NFL bio; Nguyen's IMBD bio lists her at 4'11". Merriman was suspended from the NFL in 2006 for steroid use. ↵

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↵Watching his Twitter account and her protected Twitter account (briefly unlocked this afternoon) and MySpace page makes sense: Both are social media-savvy. ↵

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↵For example, yesterday, Nguyen re-tweeted a Merriman message; on Friday, Merriman tweeted, in response to LeGarrette Blount's punch, "I want to punch a bunch of guys but i would never risk getting suspended and fined i love my $." Back in June, Chris Littmann noted that Merriman took to Twitter and 12seconds to threaten to "wring" Chad Ochocinco's neck. ↵

↵As of 2:40 PM ET on Sunday, Shawne Merriman is the top Trending Topic on Twitter. ↵

↵It will be interesting to see how swiftly and heavily NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's iron fist comes down on Merriman. But it may be more interesting to see how Nguyen's sizable and fanatic online following reacts. ↵

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↵Updates as they come. ↵

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↵UPDATE, 6:11 p.m.: Pro Football Talk reports that Merriman may defend himself by saying he was trying to prevent Nguyen from driving drunk. ↵

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↵Lawyers from Merriman and Nguyen have also both responded, NBC San Diego further reports. ↵

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↵“He’s done absolutely nothing wrong; this is merely an incident that was ↵unfortunate that should never had occurred and was a result, directly, ↵of Ms. Tequila’s conduct and the way she conducted herself in Mr. ↵Merriman’s home,” Merriman's lawyer, Todd Macaluso, said. “We are very confident this matter ↵will be resolved without any charges being filed whatsoever.” ↵

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

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↵The Chargers organization has also weighed in. “It’s disappointing to hear about the issue involving Shawne Merriman," Chargers GM A.J. Smith said in a statement. "We’ll continue to monitor the situation and let the legal process run ↵its course." ↵

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↵UPDATE, 3:08 a.m.: Merriman released a statement to FoxSports.com in which he said, as expected, he tried to prevent Nguyen from driving home drunk. He also said that no charges had been filed against him. ↵

↵Merriman's statement reads, in part: ↵

↵"I was concerned about her welfare given ↵the intoxicated state she appeared to be in and I encouraged her to ↵stay until safe transportation could be provided. ↵

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↵"I in no way caused any harm to ↵Ms. Nguyen." ↵

↵"There have been no charges filed against ↵me."
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↵"I look forward to clearing my name regarding these ↵false allegations."
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↵UPDATE, 3:34 a.m.:
Late Sunday night, Nguyen tweeted the following:
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↵She has since protected her Twitter account. (For whatever it's worth, the alcohol allergy is corroborated by her IMDB bio.)↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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