San Diego Chargers star outside linebacker Shawne Merriman was arrested Sunday and accused of choking and restraining his girlfriend, reality TV star Tila Tequila, as she tried to leave his suburban home.
Tequila, 27, signed a citizen's arrest warrant, charging Merriman with battery and false imprisonment, San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Gary Steadman said.
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, Sheriff's Department spokesman Jan Caldwell said at a news conference.
Merriman, 25, was taken into custody and booked into the central jail at about 8:30 a.m. He was released shortly after 11 a.m. Caldwell said she didn't know if he posted bail or was released on his own recognizance.
Tequila was taken to a hospital. Her condition was not immediately available.
Caldwell said deputies determined Tequila had been drinking. She said she wasn't sure about Merriman. Caldwell said there were other people at the house, but wasn't sure if any of Merriman's teammates were there. [Source]
I wouldn't have paid this story any mind until I realized that the ORIGINAL video chick and Merriman's ex, Gloria Velez, during an interview with Sirius radio show "Lip Service", had alluded to a sexual relationship between Merriman and Tequila. Apparently, Tila had been running her mouth for some months on Twitter about her "relationship" with Mr. Lights Out. She was also called an "alien-looking bitch" by Velez in that very same interview. I guess Merriman wouldn't let Tila phone home.
Chargers LB Merriman arrested in domestic call [Philadelphia Inquirer via AP]