Chargers Player Arrested in Tila Tequila Beating

Shawne Merriman accused of choking her
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2009 3:25 PM CDT
San Diego Chargers' Shawne Merriman jogs with a weighted vest during a workout at the Chargers minicamp in San Diego, Friday, May 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
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(Newser) – Police arrested San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman today after he allegedly choked his reality-TV star girlfriend, Tila Tequila, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. She signed a complaint charging Merriman with battery and false imprisonment, and said he choked her when she tried to leave their house this morning. Tequila, whose real name is Tila Nguyen, is known for her now-canceled dating show, A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila.