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Chargers issue statement regarding Merriman arrest

The San Diego Chargers have issued a statement regarding the Sunday morning arrest of star linebacker Shawne Merriman, who allegedly committed battery and false imprisonment against Tila Tequila Nguyen.

“It’s disappointing to hear about the issue involving Shawne Merriman,” G.M. A.J. Smith said.  “We’ll continue to monitor the situation and let the legal process run its course.”

Though this implies that the Chargers will be taking no action until the legal process has concluded, the expression of disappointment makes the statement a little stronger than the typical wagon-circling that teams perform when a key player faces allegations of criminal misconduct.

Some of you already have questioned whether Merriman is the victim of the same kind of scam as the one possibly being perpetrated on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.  In this case, however, there’s a big difference.  The alleged victim called police as the event was occurring — Roethlisberger’s alleged victim to this day still hasn’t filed criminal charges.

That said, Merriman is entitled to the presumption of innocence in a court of law.  In the court of public opinion, however, he can be questioned and/or criticized for putting himself in a compromising situation one week before the regular season begins.
 

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19 Responses to “Chargers issue statement regarding Merriman arrest”
  1. Ralphie says: Sep 6, 2009 4:42 PM

    “That said, Merriman is entitled to the presumption of innocence in a court of law.”
    Florio, were you giggling like a schoolgirl when you typed that?

  2. cannonarm says: Sep 6, 2009 4:45 PM

    You would think all the medication he must need for touching Tila Tequila would be punishment enough

  3. chris says: Sep 6, 2009 4:47 PM

    Now hw can do the lights out dance in jail…

  4. boltschick says: Sep 6, 2009 4:50 PM

    He was trying to prevent her from driving under the influence of alcohol. There are witnesses. The truth will come out.

  5. dave says: Sep 6, 2009 4:52 PM

    totally agree with this –
    “however, he can be questioned and/or criticized for putting himself in a compromising situation one week before the regular season begins.”
    and that’s why sd probably gets rid of him after 09
    but i bet he’s innocent in this situation, aside from the compromising situation aspect

  6. BrickTamland says: Sep 6, 2009 4:58 PM

    Is it difficult to get steroids in jail? …. just wondering if there was a whole “prison economy” for this sort of thing?

  7. Gautam says: Sep 6, 2009 5:00 PM

    Tila doesn’t have a great reputation herself does she ? There are no reports except Merriman’s arrest and I doubt this will linger on for too long.
    The Chargers did draft a pass rushing OLB didn’t they ?

  8. Wrekagain says: Sep 6, 2009 5:01 PM

    This roid raged cheater should be banned from the NFL for life.
    How he gets credit for being a dominant player when it’s all based on his roid abused body is unreal.

  9. meezle says: Sep 6, 2009 5:08 PM

    These guys gotta do better.
    If it is the case that he was preventing her from driving drunk then that sucks for him, but they can’t continue to put themselves in these compromising situations.
    I mean tila tequila is less relevant than paris hilton at her worst moment. Seriously, get it together

  10. EskinSux says: Sep 6, 2009 5:10 PM

    boltschick says:
    September 6, 2009 4:50 PM
    He was trying to prevent her from driving under the influence of alcohol. There are witnesses. The truth will come out.
    —————————————–
    The truth already is out, he’s a juciced asswipe who hangs with skanks…….

  11. jersey73 says: Sep 6, 2009 5:11 PM

    She should’ve knock Merriman back on his ass like a bitch!
    Sincerely,
    Maurice Jones-Drew

  12. SmackMyVickUp says: Sep 6, 2009 5:24 PM

    He was trying to prevent her from driving under the influence of alcohol. There are witnesses. The truth will come out.
    —————-
    Considering he could probably curl her with one arm, the choking accusations seems to cast doubt on this.
    “Deputies responded about 3:45 a.m. to Merriman’s house in Poway, north of San Diego, after a woman called to say she was choked by the player and thrown to the ground when she tried to leave”
    Better believe she just punched her meal ticket and is going to play this out for all it is worth. She went to hospital and her lawyer issued a statement.
    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/32716498/ns/sports-nfl/
    After she lightens his pockets a bit the charges will be dropped. Not a matter of guilt now, just a matter of Merriman letting it play out or if he writes a check.

  13. SnakefortheHOF says: Sep 6, 2009 5:35 PM

    Tila friggin’ Tequila Win? (not Nigooyen you dipsticks) WTF?! I know she’s every guy’s dream girlfriend – a switch hitter who likes the camel toe as much as the tubular steak – but . . . With all the gorgeous blonde Victoria’s Secret quality beach babes in San Diego, he coulda done better by far. She must be some kinda little freak. You know she’s a li’l spinner but she must be bringing home some ménage friends for Mr. Lights Out himself.
    Anyway, no matter what, hitting a woman – any woman – isn’t cool. No matter what. Hitting (shooting!) the dude you find her with is not only acceptable but is enthusiastically encouraged. Therein lies the rub, as it were….what’s a big mean guy to do when the cheatee is another chick? Oh the dilemma!

  14. Dr. Pancake says: Sep 6, 2009 5:36 PM

    This headline wasn’t sufficiently poof read, I mean proof read

  15. boltschick says: Sep 6, 2009 5:36 PM

    Merriman’s lawyer said in a statement that Tila Tequila was “extremely inebriated.”
    She had no visible signs of injury but made a citizen’s arrest.
    I wish Shawne wouldn’t date girls or have anyone over at his house–it’s unfortunate he put himself in this compromising position.

  16. HarrisonHits says: Sep 6, 2009 5:40 PM

    “Some of you already have questioned whether Merriman is the victim of the same kind of scam as the one possibly being perpetrated on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.”
    You’re also ignoring the fact that she’s made plenty of her own money with her various magazine shoots and tv shows. She may not have quite as much as the roid boy but I doubt she’s hurting either.

  17. Chargers-Superhero says: Sep 6, 2009 5:52 PM

    It’s amazing how a POS woman can make a claim, and the guy automatically gets arrested. Whatever happened to investigating the claim, then making a arrest. O.J. is to blame for this kind of crap.
    If Shawne did it, then fine, but investigate first before hauling him away. Why is he even around a STD tramp like her anyway?? This will drag out until she gets another reality show again.

  18. World Champs Raiders 3 Chargers 0 says: Sep 6, 2009 8:42 PM

    Shawne Merriman’s defense…..”I thought Tila was the playoff’s and had flashbacks of Maurice Jones-Drew and be fo I knewz it, I had beat dat ho down.”

  19. World Champs Raiders 3 Chargers 0 says: Sep 6, 2009 9:16 PM

    Also heard that LT was at the party and was caught trying to choke Adrian Peterson. Of course he couldn’t catch him since he’s lost a step.

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