One day after Phillip Merling's arrest for allegedly punching a pregnant woman, the Broward Sheriff's Office is investigating why the Dolphins' defensive end received special treatment during his release from jail.
Merling posted $15,000 bail yesterday, but instead of going through standard procedure where inmates are released through the jail's front door, Merling was escorted out another exit to avoid the waiting media.
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The move was apparently unauthorized, and the office is investigating why it happened.
The woman involved in the incident is now believed to be Merling's pregnant girlfriend.