SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Chargers backup linebacker Shaun
Phillips was arrested early Friday after he scuffled with a patrol
officer, police said.
Phillips, 24, was booked into San Diego County jail on a charge
of obstructing or resisting an officer in the performance of his
duty. Phillips was freed after posting $10,000 bail, according to
the Sheriff's Department.
Two officers sustained minor injuries during the struggle with
the 6-foot-3, 262-pound linebacker, police said in a statement.
An officer patrolling San Diego's Gaslamp neighborhood saw
Phillips grab an unidentified woman by the hair and pull hard
enough to make her head tilt back, police said. The officer saw the
woman slap Phillips and push him as he tried to grab her again.
When the officer checked on the couple, the woman told the
officer they were "just playing" and the couple started walking
away. The officer told Phillips to stay, the linebacker refused and
a struggle followed, the police said.
Phillips saw significant action in 2005 and made three starts
when Steve Foley was hurt. He was second on the team last season
with seven sacks.
"I've met with the young man and we'll let the legal process
run its course," Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said.