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Merriman "excited" about fatherhood, "shocked" by lawsuit

On Thursday, San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman announced on Twitter that he’s going to be a father.

“Wanted to wait until after the season to share some exciting news,” Merriman tweeted. “I’m going to be Dad. I’m so excited.”

But in speaking to the San Diego Union-Tribune on Thursday, Merriman’s excitement turned to “shock”: That’s the word Merriman used to describe how he felt when he learned that the mother, Tiffany Horne, filed a paternity case against him in San Diego Superior Court.

“She’s a great friend of mine and has been for almost six years now,” Merriman said. “There’s no denying of any kind of paternity. For this to be even taking place is a shock.”

The case is under seal, and there are conflicting comments from lawyers for Horne and Merriman about what kind of case it is. Horne’s attorney said, “It’s not a paternity suit,” while Merriman’s attorney called it a “standard paternity case.”

Merriman says he thinks the lawsuit stems from a breakdown in communication.

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39 Responses to “Merriman "excited" about fatherhood, "shocked" by lawsuit”
  1. FireJerryJones says: Jan 22, 2010 10:36 AM

    Nice that he goy caught taking steroids… so he could grow a pair of gonads again.
    Unfortunately this got him into trouble…
    He can’t get it done on the field any more that’s for sure.
    Average LB without the juice.

  2. CapsLockKey says: Jan 22, 2010 10:37 AM

    Friend with benefits apparently.

  3. Quagmire says: Jan 22, 2010 10:37 AM

    “She’s a great friend of mine and has been for almost six years now,”
    Sounds like love to me.

  4. hizzle1281 says: Jan 22, 2010 10:38 AM

    Chiefs

  5. raiderrob21 says: Jan 22, 2010 10:40 AM

    Hey Dummy!
    You know someone for 6 months, you knock he up, and you are a Professional athlete, you get served papers? CHA CHING!!!!!!!!
    CHILD SUPPORT!!!!!!
    Keep up the excitement, you should be real excited giving $15,000 or more a month to a baby youll hardly see. Way to go dummy……………………………
    LIGHTS OUT!!!!!

  6. Mean D says: Jan 22, 2010 10:44 AM

    Great future this kid has. He/she is not even born and their (unmarried) parents are not communicating and filing law suits.

  7. Big Stretch says: Jan 22, 2010 10:45 AM

    I can’t wait for all the tila tequila backlash …. hopefully gizmo with tits has a total breakdown and starts posting wierd naked ranks online again.

  8. cleanface says: Jan 22, 2010 10:50 AM

    She sees $$$$$$$$$$$$.

  9. THE OPINION GUY says: Jan 22, 2010 10:55 AM

    He won’t show up for his court date just like he didn’t show up for any of the Charger’s games.
    3rd tier linebacker at best.

  10. Hap says: Jan 22, 2010 10:55 AM

    We got a dance coming, Shawne ?
    It’s a dead man’s party.

  11. bigbolt says: Jan 22, 2010 10:56 AM

    Merriman still has a long way to go before he catches Cromartie and his 7 kids in 5 different states all under the age of 5.
    AJ Smith has allowed this team to become a punchline.

  12. isonic1 says: Jan 22, 2010 11:03 AM

    She was “Horne” for Merriman’s money!

  13. Florio-is-a-tool says: Jan 22, 2010 11:03 AM

    Notice how much smaller he looks since he was caught doing the juice? It’s a change similar of Barry Bonds proportions.

  14. thehoodedone says: Jan 22, 2010 11:03 AM

    Sounds like the bitch just needs to be grabbed and shaken a little.

  15. Stuart Scotts left eye says: Jan 22, 2010 11:05 AM

    @ Raiderrob21,
    Hey dummy, it’s six years, not six months.
    Shawne’s a extremely nice guy in person. He’s also a good team leader in the locker room. The positive steroid test really tarnished his reputation but few forget that it wasn’t the NFL that released the news and Shawne never got a chance to defend himself the same way Julius Peppers got. Funny how no one remembers that Peppers got suspended for the exact same thing, yet Merriman gets murdered by you sheep.

  16. AlanSaysYo says: Jan 22, 2010 11:05 AM

    My great friends always file lawsuits against me, too.

  17. smiley says: Jan 22, 2010 11:15 AM

    Congratulations Merriman!! It will all work out.

  18. eeerockski says: Jan 22, 2010 11:17 AM

    Gold diggers! Mount up.

  19. beretta96 says: Jan 22, 2010 11:18 AM

    Too much HCG there big guy! Sounds like another unemployed dead beat dad!

  20. tacious says: Jan 22, 2010 11:23 AM

    She’s not interested in what’s your pants anymore, Shawn… now she wants what’s in your wallet!

  21. Bee_Arthur says: Jan 22, 2010 11:24 AM

    Mean D “Great future this kid has. He/she is not even born and their (unmarried) parents are not communicating and filing law suits.”
    Sounds like most of society today. Merriman “shes a great friend” … I thought you were supposed to have kid with your wife and have a family e.g. the foundation of society.

  22. Wardo says: Jan 22, 2010 11:29 AM

    Better get while the gettings good Ms. Horne, soon he’ll be making league minimum.

  23. Big_McLargeHuge says: Jan 22, 2010 11:36 AM

    Gooooooolddigger

  24. SterilizeTHenry says: Jan 22, 2010 11:46 AM

    He should have stuck with Tila. Any guy who doesn’t like her is either wayyyy too picky or they “play for the other team”.

  25. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Jan 22, 2010 11:55 AM

    Sounds more like, they have been getting it on for a while now, casual friends with benefits.
    She got preggo, and Merriman started the, it isnt my baby, you are getting nothing from me dance…
    She filed papers, and now he is excited…..
    Right, he didnt wait until after the season o make the announcement, he wasnt going to make any announcement. But now that she has filed suit, now he is pretending to be the excited soon to be father….

  26. GtuddaC says: Jan 22, 2010 11:59 AM

    ****Bee_Arthur says:
    January 22, 2010 11:24 AM
    Mean D “Great future this kid has. He/she is not even born and their (unmarried) parents are not communicating and filing law suits.”
    Sounds like most of society today. Merriman “shes a great friend” … I thought you were supposed to have kid with your wife and have a family e.g. the foundation of society. ****
    You rebuplicans kill me. Always self righteous about unwed parents. Better a kid grow up with 2 loving unwed parents than with the dysfunctional marriages you people have. I wish therse guys all the best, i know theyll need it with people like yall around. Jets FTW, by the way. . .

  27. VonClausewitz says: Jan 22, 2010 12:00 PM

    I’m pretty sure Merriman could have the best communication skills in the world and he’d still get hit with this lawsuit. Mom is looking to legally document Merriman as father and arrange court-ordered child support. None of this dicking around with “talking” and whatnot.
    One wonders what would happen if the courts stopped looking at men as wallets and codified the responsibility of pregnancy as solely that of the mother (after all the law is almost there now anyway re: Row Vs Wade) , whether you’d see a lot of decline of the phenomena of golddiggers and a drop in the single mom birth rate. I’d think it would be guaranteed. But hey, let’s not do something to stop unaccountable behavior or anything.

  28. BenRapistberger says: Jan 22, 2010 12:21 PM

    She gets pregnant so she’s a gold digger?
    This guy was having a domestic dispute with someone else like 4 months ago…

  29. Bigbluefan says: Jan 22, 2010 12:24 PM

    She wanted to get the support based on his pay now not the cut he will get with his new deal in the CFL

  30. Hap says: Jan 22, 2010 12:24 PM

    Shawn, you’re effed. Ask your “friends”.

  31. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Jan 22, 2010 12:24 PM

    Of course Raider fans cant read…that’s 6 years not 6 months…now go cry about the Super Bowl that the Bucs ran you out of..

  32. Zaggs says: Jan 22, 2010 12:37 PM

    He’s so excited to be a dad he cannot even carry on basic communication with his kid’s mother. This wont end well.

  33. Drat says: Jan 22, 2010 12:44 PM

    The lawsuit stems from something alright, but not a lack of communication.

  34. JetGreeeen says: Jan 22, 2010 12:51 PM

    It’s all about child support. Probably a very good move because we all know the well documented history of black athletes and children.

  35. mustbechris says: Jan 22, 2010 12:55 PM

    oh i love when “great friends” turn into “money-grubbing whores”

  36. Lombardi 6 says: Jan 22, 2010 1:05 PM

    “Is Wayne Brady gonna have to choke a bitch”

  37. DaVikes says: Jan 22, 2010 1:36 PM

    Stats vs the Jets – 2 tackles, 2 assists. Sounds like his “great friend” watched the game and decided to get whatever she could before he ends up in the CFL.

  38. GT327 says: Jan 22, 2010 1:50 PM

    This is about money — lots of tax-free money.
    The guideline in CA is that child support for a single child is 20% of the non-custodial parent’s after-tax income. Merriman just ended his deal at about $2 million per season, so his after-tax income in 2009 was about $1 million. Based on this, the guideline will be about $200,000 per year, or about $17,000 per month, tax-free to the mother. The court will enter an order along those lines to take effect once the child is born.
    That number will also go up proportionately when Merriman gets tagged (as a restricted free agent) or signs a new deal.

  39. FumbleNuts says: Jan 22, 2010 9:39 PM

    “San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman announced on Twitter that he’s going to be a father.”
    BAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
    Good luck dude!

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