Chargers Drama Over the Years

When you get a bunch of high-profile athletes together, trouble is likely to follow.

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The Bolts have had their share of drama including "Sticky Gate" - the investigation by the NFL that some players were using a banned substance to help grip the ball. Read the full article
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After a crushing defeat to the Broncos on Monday Night Football, fans demanded to know 'What's wrong with Philip?' while Chargers PR told fans to 'Take a Chill Pill.' Read the full article
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Chargers player Antwan Applewhite was arrested May 6 on suspicion of DUI according to San Diego police. Applewhite was driving near Grand and Gresham in Pacific Beach around 2:20 a.m. Friday when he was stopped by a San Diego police officer. The officer conducted a DUI evaluation and ended up transporting Applewhite downtown. He was booked at 4:09 a.m. and posted bail shortly after 10 a.m. Read more here.
Chargers wide receiver Legedu Naanee pulled the “Do you know who I am” card when he was arrested in Indianapolis and charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest, according to a police report. The officer said he could smell alcohol on Naanee’s breath and tried to arrest him. Naanee reportedly tried to pull away and the officer pepper sprayed him in his face. Read more.
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Ah yes... the Shawne Merriman/Tila Tequila drama. The Chargers linebacker was arrested by sheriff's deputies Sept. 6, 2009 after Tequila accused him of battery and false imprisonment at his suburban San Diego home. Prosecutors declined to charge Merriman but Tequila, whose real name is Tila Nguyen, filed a lawsuit that alleged the linebacker choked her. Merriman sued for international interference with a contract, claiming the controversy delayed a T-shirt business he was negotiating with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The terms of the settlement involving their dueling lawsuits was not revealed.
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Former Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf was sentenced to 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to eight felony drug charges in Texas. Leaf played for the Bolts from 1998 to 2000 and also played for the Dallas Cowboys in 2001.
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Defensive tackle Jamal Williams pleaded guilty to two traffic violations as part of a plea deal stemming from his arrest Feb. 1, 2009. Williams had been arrested on suspicion of DUI, but the San Diego City Attorney's office decided to charge him with misdemeanor reckless driving after his blood-alcohol level showed 0.07 percent, under the state limit of 0.08. In the plea deal, Williams pleaded guilty to a lane-change violation and speeding. He paid a fine and was ordered to take an eight-hour traffic safety class.
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The Chargers fined Antonio Cromartie $2,500 for using Twitter to complain about the food at training camp during the 2009 - 2010 season.
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Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson #83 was arrested on DUI charges in January 2009. Jackson, 25, was stopped while driving on State Route 52, near the 805, around 2:30 a.m. Jackson was arrested five days before the Chargers were eliminated from the playoffs by the eventual Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Jackson was on probation from a 2006 DUI conviction at the time of his 2009 arrest.
Linebacker Steve Foley was charged with a DUI which stemmed from his confrontation with an off-duty Coronado police officer that resulted in Foley being shot in the leg three times.
Linebacker Shawne Merriman #56 violated the NFL's steroids policy and was suspended for four games in 2006.
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Chris Chambers, while playing as a receiver for the Miami Dolphins, was arrested for DUI, reckless driving and speeding.
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Linebacker Stephen Cooper was suspended for the first four games in the '08 season for testing positive for the banned substance, ephedra.
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Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie was investigated for assault with a deadly weapon after a fight at Bar West in PB on Nov. 23, 2008. The San Diego Police Department determined there is not enough evidence to prove a bar patron's claim that Cromartie hit him in the head with a champagne bottle hours after the team's victory at Denver.
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Former Chargers safety Terrence Kiel was arrested on drug charges in 2006 after DEA agents searched his locker and his car at Chargers practice facility. He was accused of shipping a codeine-based cough syrup to Texas.
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Kiel rests on the sideline during a game in 2005. Kiel was killed July 4 after he was thrown from a Chevy sedan he was driving after leaving a party. He was 27.
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