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NFL Cornerback Richard Sherman Denied Bail After Arrest for Burglary Domestic Violence

NFL cornerback Richard Sherman has been denied bail after arrest for burglary domestic violence.

What We Know:

  • On Tuesday night, Sherman’s wife, Ashley Moss, called 911 claiming that Sherman was drunk and suicidal, stating he was going to hang himself. He was wrestling with Moss’s uncle, trying to prevent him from leaving the couple’s home. Moss told the operator that her husband didn’t have any weapons on him and asked police not to shoot him when they arrived. Officers arrived, spoke with Sherman, and then left.

  • Moss’ uncle then called 911 and stated that he was in his car following Sherman, who was following Moss. He described how Sherman kept trying to cut Moss off and was swerving in the middle of the road. He stated that Sherman might have had a knife on him and had made threats to Moss that if the children weren’t in the car, then he would hurt her.

  • According to the 911 operator’s logs, officers arrived on the scene around 1 a.m., but Sherman quickly drove off in a different direction. Ron Mead, a captain with the Washington State Patrol, stated that a little before 1:30 a.m., officers received a call from a construction worker about a car accident. The car drove through the construction zone, hit a barrier, and was left in a parking lot nearby. The totaled car belonged to Sherman.

  • The former Seattle Seahawk then walked over two miles to Moss’ parent’s home and tried breaking down their door. Officers arrived around 2 a.m. with a police dog and tried talking to Sherman calmly. They then tried to arrest him, but Sherman walked away, which started an altercation between him, an officer, and the dog. The 33-year-old was taken to the hospital for a leg and ankle injury while the officer sustained minor scrapes.

  • Sherman was arrested on three charges: “Burglary domestic violence for allegedly trying to break into a home that wasn’t his, resisting arrest, and malicious mischief” for damaging the door. The football player is also being investigated for the hit-and-run and DUI incident, and his blood work results are pending. He was booked at King County Correctional Facility in Seattle, Washington, and denied bail, which is normal in domestic violence situations if the suspect hasn’t seen a judge yet.

  • Moss told the Settle Times that Sherman didn’t physically hurt anyone, and she wants the public to know nobody was injured. She stated that Sherman is “a good person and this is not his character.” Her main goal at this time is to ensure Sherman is released from jail.

  • The 5x Pro-Bowler is currently a free agent after three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He played seven seasons with the Seahawks and hasn’t been ruled out returning to the team for the upcoming season. He stated that he and Coach Pete Carroll have been in talks and are still trying to figure out if there’s a place for him back on his original team. Sherman is also the vice president of the NFL Players Association executive committee, and they have been made aware of the arrest. They stated that they have activated their domestic violence crisis protocol and are monitoring the situation to determine if there’s been a “violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.”

Sherman has not been “criminally charged” as of now, as King County police officers do not make “charging” decisions. They will send his case off for an independent review, and then the prosecuting attorney’s office will make a decision. Sherman is set to appear in court on Thursday.

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