Shawne DeAndre Merriman was born on May 25, 1984 in Washington, D.C., is an American football outside linebacker for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. Merriman started off his 2005 rookie year on the inactive list & completed a 10 day hold out from training camp. He did not break the first lineup until week 7, but recorded 6 sacks in his first 4 starts. He was voted into the Pro Bowl as an OLB after playing the position for the San Diego Chargers in their 3-4 defensive scheme which is the same position he played at the University of Maryland. Merriman’s best game of the year came in week 15 when the Chargers handed the Indianapolis Colts their first loss of the season. Merriman recorded 2 sacks and 2 tackles for a loss, one of which stopped Peyton Manning for a 6 yard loss on 4th & goal. It was during this game that Shawne Merriman garnered much national media coverage and in the following week made the Pro Bowl. In the 2009 season, Merriman was suffering from a painful foot injury as well as his troubled knees. He had only four sacks for the season. At the beginning of the calendar year, Merriman expressed concern that the Chargers may no longer want him, but said that his goal was to remain a Charger if possible. On March 4, 2010, the San Diego Chargers announced that they would place their 1st & third round franchise tender on Merriman, thus remaining as a Charger. On August 13, 2010, after two weeks of hold out, Shawne Merriman signed tender and will report to Camp.
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On September 6, 2009 Merriman was arrested and charged with battery & false imprisonment. A acquaintance, reality TV star Tila Tequila, took in an arrest charge that he choked and held her when she tried to leave his home. The charges were thrown out less than a week later on September 11, 2009. In December, 2009, Merriman filed a civil suit against Tequila, alleging intentional interference w/ contract, unfair competition, & trademark infringement. He claimed that Tequila improperly used his own “Lights Out” logo and disrupted negotiations for t-shirts to be marketed by Wal-Mart. She failed to respond to the suit at all, and a default judgment was entered in his favor for $2 million. For a limited time, she has the right to appeal the default & attempt to defend herself.
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