Former Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was arrested by Redmond (WA) police on Wednesday on suspicion of burglary domestic violence. As is standard procedure in the state of Washington, domestic violence suspects are always held without bail until they can appear before a judge.
More details have since emerged about the alleged incident along with additional legal problems Sherman could be facing. Here is what we know so far.
The official police statement
Redmond Police arrested a 33-year-old male early this morning for investigation of domestic violence residential burglary. The suspect has been identified as Richard Sherman.
At 11:26 PM on Tuesday, July 13, Redmond Police were notified by the King County Sheriff’s Office that Sherman was possibly traveling to Redmond. At approximately 1:49 AM on Wednesday, July 14, Redmond police officers were called to a residence for a reported in-progress burglary. Sherman was attempting to force entry into a family member’s home.
Officers arrived and located Sherman outside the home. The suspect fought with officers while being taken into custody, resulting in a Redmond K9 team being deployed to assist in gaining control.
Police also said that Sherman did suffer a leg laceration after contact with the K9 and he was taken to a local hospital.
When Sherman was told he would be placed under arrested he tried to walk away and resisted and a K-9 was used to get Sherman into compliance.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) July 14, 2021
No charges have actually been filed yet against Sherman
As of this writing, Sherman hasn’t actually been charged with felony domestic violence. He is currently being held at the King County Correctional Facility and can’t be formally charged with anything until he appears before a judge on Thursday afternoon.
Sherman is also being investigated for suspected hit and run, DUI
Washington State Police also are investigating Richard Sherman in connection to a hit and run, and damage to state Department of Transportation property. State police say that at about 1:00 a.m. PT, they received a report of a single-car incident. A car struck a concrete barrier— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 14, 2021
Washington State Patrol says it had probable cause to obtain warrant for blood, which needs to be tested for the suspicion of DUI. The results will not be known for “many months,” according to public-information officer. “We got a backlog on blood testing in our labs right now.”— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) July 14, 2021
WSP says process will not be expedited due to Sherman's involvement. Meaning, results of blood tests will take the regular amount of time.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) July 14, 2021
The Redmond Police Department’s statement also added that Washington State Police were at the scene when Sherman was arrested.
“The individual is suspected of leaving his severely damaged vehicle on foot after striking a cement barrier to an SR-520 off ramp prior to him arriving at the residence.”
Sherman’s wife, Ashley Moss, and Redmond Police both said no one at the residence was harmed or injured
“At this time we’re going to make no statements, except he didn’t harm anybody. My kids were not harmed in the incident. He’s a good person and this is not his character. We’re doing all right, just trying to get him out. I want people to know no one was injured.”
Redmond Police spokesman: “Nobody in the house was injured in any way. I’m not even sure he made it into the house.”— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) July 14, 2021
The alleged offense is labeled as “domestic violence” because of the relationship between the parties involved.
The resident where the incident took place was his wife’s parents’
Sherman did not assault anyone during the event. He did not get into the residence. He made no physical contact with anyone in the resident. PD clarified this is Sherman's ex-wife's parents' residence.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) July 14, 2021
Redmond PD says they are clarifying Sherman is not divorced and that it is "in-laws'' and not ex in-laws.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) July 14, 2021
The Redmond PD press conference confirms that Richard Sherman's booking for burglary domestic violence has nothing to do with any harm done to his wife. She was not involved.— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) July 14, 2021
It has to do with the damage done to the front door of a family member's residence.
The NFL Players Association has released a statement
Sherman, who remained unsigned throughout free agency, is vice president of the NFLPA Executive Committee, which is why the association commented on the arrest.
“We were made aware of an arrest last night of one of our player leaders for an alleged domestic violence incident and have activated our domestic violence crisis protocol for the protection and support of everyone involved,” the statement read. “We will continue to monitor events closely as more facts are made available to us.”
Any more important, clearly necessary to report details concerning Sherman will either be placed in this column or in a separate post.
Based on the information that has surfaced, it is undoubtedly a sad and troubling situation and you Sherman gets the help he needs, that his family is safe and alright, and that a day like today never happens again.