Former Terp Shawne Merriman Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting Tila Tequila

September 06, 2009 | Glenn Clark

Which sounds like a headline Vh1 couldn’t even imagine.

From KABC in Los Angeles….

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of assault.

A spokeswoman for the for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said Merriman is accused of choking and restraining his reality TV star girlfriend Tila Nguyen. Nguyen is also known as Tila Tequila and previously hosted a reality show.

Officers received a call early Sunday morning from a woman who said she had been choked and restrained when she tried to leave.

Nguyen, who also goes by Tila Tequila, signed a citizen’s arrest complaint accusing Merriman of battery and false imprisonment. Merriman, 25, was arrested at the scene. Nguyen was taken to a local hospital.

Nguyen, 27, was the hostess of “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila” for two seasons on MTV.


Shawne’s a good guy, but has found himself in some sticky situations. We’ll have to let this play out obviously, but it doesn’t sound good…..