San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman wasn’t beating up on his girlfriend, Tila Tequila. He was just trying to help somebody who was intoxicated.
That’s his story, at least. And he’s sticking to it. The footballer released this statement to FoxSports.com defending his actions:
“On September 6, 2009, the San Diego Sheriffs Department responded to a citizens complaint that was initiated by Tila Nguyen (aka Tila Tequila). I was taken into custody based upon that complaint. At the time, I was concerned about her welfare given the intoxicated state she appeared to be in and I encouraged her to stay until safe transportation could be provided. We would all do our best to help a friend if we considered their actions to be detrimental to their personal safety. I in no way caused any harm to Ms Nguyen, however, paramedics were called and she was examined but no injuries were reported. She was released and has since returned to Los Angeles, California. There have been no charges filed against me. I want to thank the San Diego Sheriffs Department for their professionalism. I will continue to cooperate fully with the Department and I look forward to clearing my name regarding these false allegations. I want to put this behind me so I can continue to focus on a successful season for the San Diego Chargers.”
Meanwhile Ms. Tequila (I bet you she’s regretting that unfortunate stage name today) is staying strangely silent.
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