No one in Santa Clara has forgotten what Richard Sherman has meant to the 49ers.
Nearly two weeks after the All-Pro cornerback was arrested in Redmond, Wash., coach Kyle Shanahan revealed that he has communicated with Sherman, who was a valuable leader in the secondary for the past three seasons.
“We text,” Shanahan said on Tuesday. “Text and voicemails we’ve left. I haven't talked to him in person or anything. Know he's going through a little bit of a tough time, but I love Sherm. I love [his wife] Ashley. They are great people, a great family. And I feel very strongly about them and so it was sad to see and sad to hear about, but they're going to get through this and be all right.”
A week ago, general manager John Lynch shared that he also communicated similar sentiments with Sherman, offering to be a resource for the family if needed.
Sherman pleaded not guilty to multiple charges after his arrest on July 14th, including driving under the influence, criminal trespass and malicious mischief. After his release, the cornerback released a statement on social media.
“I am deeply remorseful for my actions Tuesday night,” Sherman wrote. “I behaved in a manner I am not proud of. I have been dealing with some personal challenges over the last several months, but that is not an excuse for how I acted.”
After seven seasons with division rival Seattle Seahawks, Sherman spent the past three seasons with the 49ers, garnering a Pro Bowl nod in 2019. He has been an influential leader not only in the secondary but also throughout the locker room. The two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler remains a free agent.