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Merriman arrest could be distraction as Chargers prepare

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The Chargers are getting ready to kick off the NFL season, but the arrest of Shawne Merriman this weekend could prove to be a big distraction.

Merriman was arrested early Sunday morning, accused of choking reality TV staple Tila Tequila, whom he was reportedly dating. He also reportedly refused to let her leave his Poway home.

Tequila was taken to a hospital and Merriman was taken into custody.

Merriman's spokesman said he was trying to stop a drunk Tequila from leaving the home because it was not safe for her to do so, but he did not choke or restrain her.

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