As I do with most issues in life, I have reserved judgment on this whole Shawne Merriman-Tila Tequila controversy until I’ve heard what Charles Barkley has to say. As we learned on Friday, the San Diego District Attorney’s office dismissed the case against Merriman, in which Tequila, real name Tila Nguyen, accused the Chargers’ star of choking her and throwing her to the ground.
Barkley, on ESPN Radio in Dallas, had some words of advice for Merriman. I’m not sure why — Barkley didn’t sound as if he knew exactly who Merriman was. But it was the first question he was asked, and he responded by bashing reality TV in general.
Barkley on Merriman: “Dude, you’re one of the best football players in the world; you don’t get your women off of reality TV.”
Barkley said that his daughter is a big reality TV fan, and had to tell him exactly who Tila Tequila was. Then Sir Charles got the Charger mixed up with an NBA player:
“I just got to say that you know when you read the ‘crawl’ on the dude? Shawn Marion? Oh man you can’t do that and I am like: I have heard that name Tila Tequila before. And I asked my daughter. She loves trash TV. She watched Flava Flav, she watched those nutty Kardashian people. I called my girls: Who is Tila Tequila? She said: Dad, she is a bisexual girl on that show where she dates men and women. You are kidding me right? He went for that? I wanted to say: Bro, you are Shawn Marion. I don’t have to get my girls off of reality TV.”
Host to Barkley: “Don’t do that to Shawn Marion. It’s MERRIMAN.”
Seems wise to me. But meanwhile, Our Tila is not about to let this lie. She’s accusing the City of San Diego and the Chargers with conspiracy to cover up a crime, and is preparing to bring civil charges against Merriman. From E! ONLINE:
“Obviously, The San Diego Charger’s NFL franchise brings millions of dollars in revenue to the city of San Diego, and it seems clear that other interests are being served by the D.A.’s office than the upholding of the law,” said Tequila’s publicist. “A young woman was violently beaten and choked, and the physical evidence is both overwhelming and disturbing. Tila’s account of the events has remained consistent from the beginning, while Merriman’s story has changed repeatedly.”
As for what’s to come, Tequila fully intends to pursue civil action against the linebacker:
“Just because the DA has made this reckless decision doesn’t mean that justice will not be served in this case. No one is above the law,” wraps up the rep. “Tila Tequila will immediately begin pursuing civil charges against Mr. Merriman and she will have her day in court.”
And talk about your volatile mixtures: Imagine Barkley hanging out with Russell Crowe. A few shots of booze, a few dozen pro rugby players; what could possibly go wrong?
“He is awesome man,” Barkley said of Crowe. “You know he owns one of those … you know they got real football over there. They are nuts. They play football without pads. I was sitting there watching this. If they paid these guys NFL money it would be different because these guys don’t make a lot of money, but to play football without pads is the nuttiest thing in the world.”
Crowe is part owner of the South Sidney Rabbitohs of Australia’s National Rugby League.
“I am sitting there watching this football game and I don’t want to insult the Australians and I am like ‘these guys are some damn idiots’,” Barkley said. “These guys are playing football without pads. First of all, it is on TV every single day, all day … and the guy was telling me that they don’t make a lot of money. They do it out of pride. I said that no one has got that much damn pride. Nobody plays football without pads every week for three or four, five months and don’t make any money. At least in the NFL, you are going to kill yourself and at least you get to be a millionaire after it’s over.”