NFL veteran Richard Sherman faces multiple criminal charges after arrest


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Why did Richard Sherman go to jail?

The 33-year-old Sherman suffered a lower leg laceration from the police dog used in his arrest, was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injures and subsequently booked into jail at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle on suspicion of resisting arrest, malicious mischief and residential burglary. USA TODAYRichard Sherman released from jail after court hearing; charges pending for four misdemeanors

Did Richard Sherman go to jail?

NFL cornerback Richard Sherman was released from jail without bail Thursday following an alleged attempt to break into his in-laws' Washington state home that was caught on camera. NBC NewsVideo shows NFL's Richard Sherman trying to force way into in-laws' home

A judge ordered free-agent cornerback Richard Sherman released from jail without bail Thursday following his arrest on suspicion of trying to break into his in-laws' home northeast of Seattle.

King County District Court Judge Fa'amomoi Masaniai found probable cause that Sherman committed four offenses: misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass in the second degree and malicious mischief in the third degree -- both carrying domestic violence designations -- and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and driving under the influence.

Prosecutors did not ask the judge for a finding on a felony residential burglary allegation for which he was initially booked. They have not yet filed charges, but a charging decision is expected as soon as Friday, according to a spokesperson with the King County prosecuting attorney's office.

Masaniai declined to set $10,000 bail as prosecutors requested. The judge called the 33-year-old Sherman, who did not attend the hearing, a "pillar of the community'' and noted that it was presumed he would be released because this was his first arrest. He ordered that Sherman not have contact with his father-in-law, that he not use alcohol or nonprescription drugs and that he not possess a weapon.

Sherman's next hearing is set for 2 p.m. PT on Friday. He does not have to be present for the hearing and can be represented by his attorney.

"I love and support my husband," Sherman's wife, Ashley Sherman, said in a statement after the hearing. "I am committed to helping Richard get the support and care that he needs. Richard has always been a loving father and husband. And we are looking forward to seeing him at home with his family.''

At Thursday's hearing, Sherman's attorney, Cooper Offenbecher, did not contest that probable cause existed for the arrest. But he said Sherman should be released without bail, noting his good works in the community, including founding the Blanket Coverage Foundation, a charity that provides low-income students with school supplies and clothes.

"Richard Sherman is among the best in our community,'' Offenbecher said. "He is a good person and a good soul. He is taking these allegations very seriously.''

Sherman was belligerent, had been drinking heavily and had spoken of killing himself when he left his home in the Seattle suburb of Maple Valley late Tuesday, according to police reports. Ashley Sherman called 911 to try to have police stop him.

He was arrested early Wednesday after police said he crashed his car in a construction zone along a busy highway east of Seattle and then tried to break into his in-laws' home in the suburb of Redmond.

His father-in-law, Raymond Moss, told officers that he armed himself with a handgun and fired pepper-spray at the NFL cornerback to protect his family as Sherman tried to bust in the door with his shoulder.

"The family began to yell in fear,'' Moss told police. "I used pepper spray on Sherman's face through the partially opened door as he was still banging and attempting to gain entry. I told him to stop. I armed myself with my handgun at this time fearing for the safety of myself and my family.''

Officers were cautious about arresting Sherman because of his size, strength and belligerence, according to police reports released Thursday. After trying to deescalate the situation, they decided to use less lethal force after warning Sherman that they would if he didn't comply with their orders.

They could not use a Taser because they worried about igniting whatever chemical Sherman's father-in-law had sprayed him with and could not fire a bean-bag round because they were too close to him. Instead, they released a police dog, which bit his ankle and caused a minor cut, as other officers wrestled with him on the ground, the reports say.

In February, King County prosecutors and the sheriff obtained an "extreme risk protection order'' for Sherman, which barred him from having guns after a judge determined he posed a danger to himself or others. Details of the case were sealed, and it was not immediately clear if any weapons had been seized from him.

Ashley Sherman told police her husband had been on antidepressants and was receiving mental health counseling.

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Richard Sherman says he is 'deeply remorseful' after arrest: 'I vow to get the help I need'

USA TODAY 16 July, 2021 - 04:02pm

In Richard Sherman's first public comments following his arrest this week, the NFL free agent said he was "deeply remorseful for (his) actions."

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A judge ordered former Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers star Richard Sherman released from jail without bail Thursday following his arrest on suspicion of trying to break in to his in-laws' home. Sherman did not attend the hearing. (July 15) AP Domestic

In his first public comments since being arrested early Wednesday in Redmond, Washington, Richard Sherman said he is "deeply remorseful" for his actions. 

"I have been dealing with some personal challenges over the last several months, but that is not an excuse for how I acted," he wrote in a statement posted on social media. "The importance of mental and emotional health is extremely real and I vow to get the help I need."

Sherman, 33, is currently facing five pending charges following an incident at his in-law's home in Redmond, a suburb of Seattle: misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor crimes of second degree criminal trespass and third degree malicious mischief (with domestic violence designations), DUI, reckless endangerment of roadway workers (added Friday) and resisting arrest.

Judge Fa’amomoi Masaniai did not find probable cause for a felony burglary domestic violence charge, and Sherman will appear in court for a hearing on the pending charges on Friday. 

In 911 calls obtained by USA TODAY Sports, Sherman's wife, Ashley Moss, said Sherman was trying to force entry into her parents' home. Per officer narratives obtained by USA TODAY Sports, police arrested Sherman with assistance of a K-9 unit. 

"He’s trying to leave now. He’s being aggressive. He’s wrestling with my uncle," Moss told the dispatcher. "He’s threatening to kill himself. He’s sent text messages to people saying he’s going to hang himself."

Moss said Sherman had no weapons and asked police not to shoot him when they arrived.

"He’s said that if the police show up, he’ll try to fight them," she said.

Moss said that Sherman had drank two bottles of hard liquor and was trying to leave in his car, but she had shut off the gate.

John Lynch, general manager of the San Francisco 49ers — where Sherman spent the last three seasons before becoming a free agent this offseason — said Thursday "we'll support (the Sherman family) any way we can." 

"I appreciate all of the people who have reached out in support of me and my family, including our community here in Seattle," Sherman wrote in his statement. "I am grateful to have such an amazing wife, family and support system to lean on during this time." 

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