Update, 11:37 a.m., July 16: Richard Sherman has released a statement:
Update, 3:35 p.m., July 15: King County released Richard Sherman on Thursday afternoon. Sherman will appear in court for a second hearing on Friday at 2 p.m. PT, where he will not face any felony charges.
Sherman faces four misdemeanor charges, per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. Those are:
- Criminal tress pass with a domestic violence designation
- Malicious mischief
- Resisting arrest
During Thursday’s hearing, King County District Court Judge Fa’amomoi Masaniai described Sherman as a “pillar of the community’’ and noted that it was presumed he would be released because this was his first arrest, ESPN reported. Judge Masaniai also 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.
Update, 11:50 a.m., July 15:
Richard Sherman is expected to appear in court on Thursday. He faces charges of burglary domestic violence for allegedly trying to break into the home of his in-laws, resisting arrest and malicious mischief, Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe told CNN.
According to authorities, and as reported by ESPN, the incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning when Sherman crashed his SUV in a construction zone, tried to break into his in-laws’ house and then fought with officers, who used a police dog to apprehend him. While the initial interaction with police was calm, Sherman reportedly walked away at an accelerated pace when he was told he was being arrested, which is when the K9 unit was deployed. Sherman then received minor lacerations to his lower leg as a result of the contact with the police dog, Lowe said.
Audio of a 911 call was later released in which a woman identifying herself as Ashley Sherman described him as being “drunk and belligerent” and said he was “threatening to kill himself.”
Sherman’s wife, Ashley Moss Sherman, has since told the Seattle Times newspaper that her husband: “didn’t harm anybody ... He’s a good person, and this is not his character.”
Kyle’s update, 10:35 a.m. Wednesday: TMZ sent out a press release about Sherman’s incident:
Sherman was taken down by a police K9 after trying to break into a family member’s home in Redmond, WA before his arrest on Wednesday morning ... this according to law enforcement.
A Redmond Police Department spokesperson tells TMZ Sports the incident all went down at 2 AM.
According to the spokesperson, officers showed up to a residence in the Redmond area after receiving a call from the occupants inside the home who claimed a family member who did not live there was trying to break in.
Cops say when they arrived on scene, they identified Sherman as the suspect ... and claim he became uncooperative and combative during questioning.
Sherman allegedly fought with cops so much ... we’re told a K9 was deployed to take down the NFL player and help bring him into custody.
Cops say he was taken to the hospital to be looked at for possible injuries before he was eventually booked at the county jail.
Kyle’s update, 10:23 a.m. The NFLPA has made a statement -
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. We will continue to monitor events closely as more facts are made available to us.
Usually, when we talk about Richard Sherman, it’s about the possibility of rejoining the San Francisco 49ers. However, on Wednesday morning, according to King County records —which is the county for Seattle, Washington — Sherman was arrested following an incident at a family member’s home and denied bail, which a spokesman for the Redmond Police Department told ESPN is standard procedure for suspects of domestic violence until they can appear before a judge.