Richard Sherman, a free-agent cornerback who played the previous three seasons with the 49ers, is being held in a Seattle, Wash. jail while under investigation for a charge of residential burglary, as well as suspicion of hit-and-run and DUI and malicious mischief, according to Washington authorities.
Sherman was booked at 6:08 a.m. PT on Wednesday on the charge of burglary domestic violence for allegedly attempting to enter a family member's house where he does not live. Redmond, Wash. Police Chief Darrell Lowe said that Sherman allegedly tried to enter the house of his in-laws.
Court records indicate Sherman was denied bail, likely because he has yet to appear in front of a judge.
Sherman's wife, Ashley Moss, emphasized to the Seattle Times that nobody was hurt in the incident and that it was out of character for her husband.
“At this time we’re going to make no statements, except he didn’t harm anybody,” Moss told Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “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.”
Washington State Patrol told NBC Sports Bay Area that Sherman is also being investigated for DUI and hit-and-run following a one-car collision in a construction zone off-ramp that occurred just after 1 a.m.
“The registered owner of the vehicle was Richard Sherman,” Sgt. Darren Wright said.
When the vehicle became too disabled to drive, the person, whom authorities identified as Sherman, proceeded to the residence on foot, according to authorities.
The agency obtained a warrant for Sherman’s blood, Wright said. The results of the blood test might not be known for “many months” due to a backlog in testing, Wright said.
Redmond police say they were notified by the King County Sherriff’s Office at 11:26 p.m. on Tuesday that Sherman, a resident of Maple Valley, was possibly traveling to Redmond. Maple Valley is approximately 30 miles from Redmond.
The Redmond Police Department received a 911 call at 1:49 a.m. to report an adult male who is a family member but does not live at that residence was outside and attempting to force entry into the home, according to Redmond public information officer James Perry.
“Our officers arrived and located an individual who matched the description of the suspect,” Perry said. “They located him outside the house, contacted him, attempted to detain him, and the suspect fought with the officers.”
Sherman is not accused of having any physical altercation with anyone inside the home, Perry said.
“Nobody in the house was injured in any way,” Perry said. “I’m not even sure he made it into the house.”
The alleged offense is labeled as “domestic violence” because of the relationship between the parties involved.
A K-9 police dog was deployed and assisted in taking control of the individual, Perry said.
“He was cleared medically at a hospital before being booked into jail,” Perry said. “So I believe there was some precautionary treatment after being contacted by the dog. I have to believe any injuries were very minor.”
Lowe later clarified that Sherman sustained a minor laceration to his lower leg and ankle area as a result of the deployment of the police dog.
Lowe explained that the interaction with Sherman and the police was "amicable" at first, but then things changed when police informed Sherman that he was going to be taken into custody. That's when an altercation took place.
Sherman serves as a vice president on the NFL Players Association's executive board, and the union released the following statement.
Sherman, 33, is an NFL All-Decade cornerback for the 2010s after playing seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He signed with the 49ers in 2018 after the Seahawks released him.
Sherman has been named to the Pro Bowl team five times. He is a three-time All-Pro selection.
Sherman represents himself as his own agent. He remains unsigned as a free agent, and has indicated he is waiting for the right team and opportunity to continue his career.