Shawne Merriman of the San Diego Chargers was arrested early this morning for allegedly attacking reality TV star (and his girlfriend) Tila Tequila, TMZ reported.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department was called at 3:45 a.m. and Tila told them she was trying to leave when the linebacker “choked and physically restrained” her. Tila was taken to the hospital while Merriman was taken into custody. He is charged with battery and false imprisonment, with bail set at $58,000.

As of this afternoon, Tila has been released from the hospital, but no word yet on any injuries. Meanwhile, a lawyer representing Merriman denied the charges. He claims that Merriman was only trying to prevent Tila from going out while “extremely intoxicated.”

Sure, Merriman can easily take on teeny Tila, but how much faith should anyone put in the word of a drunken reality star. Then again, pushing her allegations aside as drunk exaggeration is not the best bet either.

Update: Check out these pictures from TMZ, taken from the club where they were celebrating a friend’s birthday that night. A spokesperson for the club said, “they seemed in good spirits throughout the evening and were enjoying themselves. There was no outward indication of any problem between the two of them.”

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