Former Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman has been named as a defendant in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the estate of a woman who died of a drug overdose in 2017, according to TMZ Sports.
According to Pro Football Talk, the parents of Kimberly Fattorini have alleged that Merriman drugged and possibly assaulted her before she died of a drug overdose. The death, ruled accidental at the time, determined that Fattorini died due to an overdose of alcohol, cocaine, and GHB, commonly known as a date-rape drug.
Merriman played college football at Maryland and was drafted 12th overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2005 NFL Draft. He earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Yearhonors in his first season and recorded 39 1⁄2 quarterback sacks in his first three seasons, also making three Pro Bowls as well as three All-Pro selections. He was hampered by injuries his next three seasons, and the Chargers waived Merriman midseason in 2010.
He was acquired through waivers by the Buffalo Bills that season, but he only played minimally with the Bills due to continued injuries. He was released by the Bills before the 2012 season before they re-signed him mid-season.