Chargers Merriman Denies Charges – Sports Betting

December 1, 2010 Sports Betting

Sports betting will be popular on the San Diego Chargers this season and one of the reasons is that they have an impact linebacker in Shawne Merriman.

The Chargers star was charged with battery and false imprisonment in a citizen’s arrest made by Tila Tequila.  Online sports betting had Merriman denying the charges.

Sports betting had Merriman saying that he was concerned for Tequila’s safety because she appeared to be intoxicated. Paramedics were called but no injuries were reported. "There have been no charges filed against me. I want to thank the San Diego Sheriff’s 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.” Merriman said in a statement. “I want to put this behind me so I can continue to focus on a successful season for the San Diego Chargers."

Merriman has definitely been a problem for the Chargers off the field even though he has been great on it.  He was suspended four games for testing positive for steroids in 2006.  The Chargers have become feed up with Merriman’s antics off the field and it is almost a given this will be his last year in San Diego.  He will be an unrestricted free agent after this sports betting season. "It’s disappointing to hear about the issue involving Shawne Merriman," Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said, "We’ll continue to monitor the situation and let the legal process run its course."

Merriman is a three-time Pro Bowler and considered one of the key players on the Chargers in sports betting.  He missed all of last season following knee surgery but is playing for a new contract and looks ready to make an impact this online sports betting season.  San Diego is one of the favorites in sports betting to win Super Bowl XLIV at the sports book. They play in perhaps the worst division in football, the AFC West, and they are a huge online sports betting favorite to win that division.

San Diego opens up the sports betting regular season at Oakland where they are nine point favorites at the online sportsbook. The Chargers are getting a lot of respect in sports betting this season.  They have the second highest win total of any NFL team at 11.  That is second only to New England’s 11.5 online sports betting win total at the sports book.