LAT report: Ex-Chargers LB Merriman overdoses

Retired Pro Bowl linebacker Shawne Merriman overdosed Sunday night after ingesting an unspecified combination of alcohol and a drug, sources with knowledge of the case told The Times.

The sources would not specify his condition.

Merriman, 29, was transported from The Colony 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’s publicist denied the sources’ account of an overdose.

“Shawne had been working on film in Canada and working out
all day,” Denise White wrote in an email to
“He just got off of a plane and landed back in L.A. He became dehydrated and
felt ill. After being checked out, he was released a couple hours later and back
in the same night club. Just fine.”

Merriman’s Twitter account was active early Monday morning.

Merriman, who played college football at the University of Maryland, was a first-round draft pick by the San Diego Chargers in 2005. He went to three Pro Bowls during his 5-1/2 seasons with the Chargers before moving on to the Buffalo Bills for 2-1/2 seasons. He announced his retirement from the NFL in March.

“My retirement from the game I love so much and from the game that has brought me so many opportunities on and off the field has been decided with great thought for my future on and off of the field,” Merriman wrote on his website at the time.

“I retire today not because I don’t feel I can go out there and still play the game at a very high level. I am retiring because I want to retire on my own terms and leave while I know I can still physically play the game. I am stepping back to pursue other great opportunities that have been afforded me,” he wrote.