Free-agent cornerback Richard Sherman was arrested near Seattle on Wednesday morning and charged with burglary domestic violence, according to public records. The 33-year-old veteran was booked in King County (Wash.) Correctional Facility in Seattle at 6:08 a.m. PT and currently has been denied bail, which is standard procedure for anyone arrested on any charge related to domestic violence, per the King County Superior Court Clerk’s Office.
Redmond (Wash.) police, who would not confirm the name of the individual taken into custody, said the person allegedly arrived at a family member’s house early Wednesday morning and tried to force his way into the home.
According to Redmond police, when officers arrived the individual in question was outside of the house. Per police, the individual allegedly was not compliant and got into an altercation with officers. A K9 dog was deployed and he was soon after taken into custody, per police.
Redmond police said a secondary police unit, the Washington State Patrol, was also involved in the case. The State Patrol said the individual allegedly crashed a vehicle into a cement barrier, prior to reaching the house, and continued to the residence on foot.
Bail may be assigned once Sherman first appears in court, per the King County Superior Court Clerk’s office.
The NFL released the following statement on Sherman:
“Free agents are eligible to sign with any team. The league investigates any incident involving law enforcement and if there is a violation of the personal conduct policy the player would be facing discipline.”
The NFL Players Association released the following statement regarding Sherman, who is a vice president on the NFLPA’s Executive Committee:
“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.”
Sherman spent the first seven years of his career with the Seattle Seahawks. The three-time All-Pro cornerback played the last three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Sherman’s contract expired following the 2020 season, and he is currently a free agent.
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