Shawne Merriman is no stranger to controversy but his arrest for allegedly choking reality star Tila Tequila has put his San Diego Chargers bosses over the edge.
"It's disappointing to hear about the issue involving Shawne Merriman," General Manager A.J. Smith said in a statement. "We'll continue to monitor the situation and let the legal process run its course."
Merriman was suspended for four games in 2006 after he tested positive for steroid use, and he's become a regular on the Hollywood and Las Vegas party circuit.
That's where he met Tila Tequila, the wild bisexual star of MTV's A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila. The pair were at a San Diego nightclub until early Sunday morning. They then went to Merriman's home in nearby Poway, and at 3:45 AM, she called 911 claiming the football star had choked her and was preventing her from leaving.
A spokesman for Tequila said he will have no comment about the incident.