Ex-San Diego Charger, Shawne Merriman hospitalized

Ex-San Diego Charger, Shawne Merriman hospitalized


Shawne MerrimanLOS ANGELES — Retired San Diego Charger and NFL Pro Bowl linebacker Shawne Merriman, 29, was rushed to a hospital Sunday night after overdosing on alcohol and drugs at a Hollywood club, sources told the Los Angeles Times.

Merriman overdosed on a combination of alcohol and an unspecified drug, unidentified sources with knowledge of the case told the Los Angeles Times. The sources said Merriman was expected to recover.

Merriman was taken from The Colony nightclub in the 1700 block of N. Cahuenga Boulevard to Cedars Sinai Medical Center around 9:30 p.m., according to law enforcement sources familiar with the incident.

Merriman — nicknamed “Lights Out” in high school after he rendered four opposing players unconscious — announced his retirement from the NFL in March. He was drafted 12th overall by the Chargers in the 2005 NFL Draft and remained with the team until 2010, when he was picked up…

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