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Shawne Merriman Goes Nuts Over 16-Pound Balls ... Sues for $2 Mil

1/11/2015 12:35 AM PST

Shawne Merriman -- Goes Nuts Over 16 Pound Balls ... Sues for $2 Mil

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Question: What has 16 pound balls and just pissed off former NFL star Shawne Merriman??
Answer: Some bowling company in Utah that's hawking balls with his catchphrase. 

The ex-linebacker has just declared legal war on a bowling company called "Storm" -- which hawks various bowling products on its website ... including a ball emblazoned with the words, "Lights Out."

Of course, Merriman claims he owns the trademark to "Lights Out" -- the nickname he's had since high school -- and demanded the company stop selling the balls ASAP. 

But in a lawsuit filed in California, Shawne claims the company refused to comply with his demands -- so now, he's asking a judge to force them to pull the balls from their cyber-shop. 

He's demanding more than $2 MILLION in damages. Calls to Storm have not been returned. Watch TMZ Sports on FS1 Get the new TMZ Sports app!

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