NFL Star Shawne Merriman Arrested, Accused of Choking Tila Tequila

Another week has passed and another NFL star has given me something to blog about. We can now add San Diego Charger Shawne Merriman’s case to the list of celebrity athletes that the Blake & Dorsten, P.A. in Clearwater will be following. For more information on the alleged Domestic Battery and False Imprisonment charges, committed upon MTV reality star Tila “Tequila” Nguyen, you can check out the full story online at to the CNN story, Tila Tequila told deputies that she had been choked and physically restrained by Merriman when she attempted to leave his residence in suburban San Diego at approximately 3:45 a.m. Sunday morning.

Merriman’s attorney, Todd Macaluso, has indicated that Nguyen was “extremely intoxicated and inebriated” and that his client had made arrangements for her to leave his house. However, the district attorney’s office will determine whether criminal charges will be pursued.

As “Tila Tequila,” Nguyen starred on the MTV reality shows “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequilqa” in 2007 and “A Shot at Love 2 with Tila Tequila” in 2008.Merriman, who has made three Pro Bowls, is entering his fifth year with the San Diego Charges after playing college football at my alma mater: the University of Maryland @ College Park.

The Blake & Dorsten, P.A., which is conveniently located across the street from the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center in Clearwater, Florida, handles all Domestic Violence and Crimes of Violence throughout the entire Tampa Bay area (as well as a selection of “major cases” throughout the State of Florida).

If you’ve been arrested, or are under investigation for any type of criminal matter, the Blake & Dorsten, P.A. is on your side. Please contact us at 727.286.6141 or stop by our office located in 4707 140th Avenue North Clearwater, Florida 33762.

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