Merriman told reporters, "I think when it all surfaces, it will be a different situation, period."
Tequila signed a citizen's arrest warrant early Sunday morning for battery and false imprisonment. A San Diego Sherriff's Department spokesperson said Tequila called 911 and alleged Merriman tried to choke her and threw her down when she tried to leave his Poway home. Merriman's attorney Todd Macaluso said Monday he is confident charges won't be filed.
"During the evening Ms. Tequila was extremely intoxicated and inebriated, and Mr. Merriman did everything he could to assist her in arranging for transportation to leave his home," Macaluso said. "At no time did Mr. Merriman assault her. At no time did Mr. Merriman keep her against her will."
Merriman issued a written statement late Sunday night to FoxSports.com insisting he did nothing wrong.
The statement read: "We would all do our best to help a friend if we considered their actions to be detrimental to their personal safety. I in no way caused any harm to Ms. Nguyen, however, paramedics were called and she was examined but no injuries were reported."
Fighting back Monday Tequila tweeted that she is allergic to alcohol. People who work at the Stingaree nightclub where Merriman is part-owner have a different story. They say she was drinking heavily the night of the alleged choking. Merriman didn't speak on camera after practice Monday but his team-mates offered support.
"It was a friend, a supposed friend. He was doing his part in being a friend," explained Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips. "I could probably say I'd do the same thing if I was in the same situation."
Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson said he talked to Merriman about the incident. Tomlinson said sometimes you mistakenly think you know people.
"That has happened with me and some of my friends that I thought I knew, and when it came down to it, didn't know them very well," he said.
A San Diego Sheriff's Department spokesperson said it is now up to the District Attorney to decide if charges will be filed against Merriman.