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12/11/2013 11:10 am ET Updated Dec 13, 2013

Shawne Merriman Walked Out Of Interview During ESPN's 'Highly Questionable' (VIDEO)

During his NFL playing career, Shawne Merriman went by the nickname "Lights Out." There may be a new variation on that famous moniker after a bizarre appearance on ESPN's "Highly Questionable" that aired this week: Walks Out.

The former San Diego Chargers stars was making the appearance that aired on Tuesday to promote the annual coat drive organized by his Lights On Foundation, according to Kevin Kaduk of Yahoo! Sports' Shutdown Corner. Apparently upset by a line of questions relating to his traumatic childhood, he abruptly left while being interviewed by "HQ" co-hosts Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones.

Judging by the looks on the faces of Le Batard and Jones, Merriman's departure was not expected.

After the interview was taped last month, Le Batard spoke about the incident on his radio show.

"There are some publicists who are mad at Bomani and I," Le Batard explained on Nov. 21 during his afternoon radio show on 790 AM in Miami.

"It was really confusing to us," Le Batard added. "I would say that never in our history on this show have Bomani and I simultaneously been so confused as to why something was happening."

CLICK HERE to listen Le Batard and Jones discuss Merriman interview
(Discussion begins at 2:00)

After the interview aired on Tuesday during the ESPN2 program, Merriman tweeted about the incident. He didn't seem to be holding a grudge.

Jones also took to Twitter after the show aired, defending the questions asked.

[Video via Busted Coverage]

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