Ex-49er Richard Sherman arrested for burglar; DUI, hit-run charge possible

Here is today’s story of someone who should have excellent communications skills running afoul of the law.

Richard Sherman. Professional football star. Stanford alumnus. Member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and graduate in the Class of 2010 with an undergraduate degree in communications.

  • Police say Sherman crashed SUV and attempted break-in
  • Felony burglary charge has domestic violence component
  • Five-time Pro Bowl cornerback is currently a free agent

Excerpted from San Francisco Chronicle 7.14.2021

Free agent cornerback Richard Sherman has been arrested for allegedly attempting to break into the Redmond, Wash., home of his in-laws after fleeing a single-car crash that left his vehicle seriously damaged, authorities said at a news conference Wednesday.

Sherman, who spent the past three seasons with the 49ers (photo above) and is vice president of the NFL Players Association executive committee, is in custody at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle, facing charges of burglary domestic violence, resisting arrest and malicious mischief. He was booked at 6:08 a.m. Wednesday and has been denied bail.

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Richard Sherman in happier times visiting young patient in hospital
Sherman also faces possible charges for driving under the influence and hit-and-run, according to the Washington State Patrol. He must see a judge before bail is set, Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe said at the news conference; Sherman is expected to appear in King County District Court on Thursday afternoon, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The burglary charge stems from Sherman’s attempt to gain entry to the house in Redmond, according to Lowe, and the domestic violence component is because of his relationship with the occupants, his wife’s parents. The malicious mischief charge is for causing damage to the door, Lowe said. None of Sherman’s family members was injured in the incident.

Sherman and his in-laws engaged in a verbal altercation before police arrived, according to Lowe, who said officers responded to the residence after receiving a 911 call at 1:49 a.m.

Sherman initially was amicable with the officers, Lowe said, but resisted when they established probable cause and told him he would be taken into custody. Sherman tried to walk away from the officers and accelerated his pace, according to Lowe, who said the officers then deployed a K-9 team to gain custody of Sherman.

Sherman and two officers suffered minor injuries, Lowe said; contact with the dog left Sherman with a minor laceration to his lower leg and ankle area.

Rick Johnson, state patrol trooper and public information officer, told The Chronicle that his agency will present the DUI and hit-and-run charges to the King County prosecutor’s office, which will decide whether to proceed.

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Richard Sherman with his original team Seattle Seahawks. Coach Pete Carroll on left

The sequence of events began shortly after 1 a.m., when the State Patrol received a 911 call about a one-car collision in a construction zone in Redmond. The vehicle struck a concrete divider, Johnson said, left the scene and was abandoned in a parking lot near the 148th Avenue exit of eastbound State Route 520.

The impact left the vehicle with at least two tires popped, according to Johnson. He said a check of the license plate revealed it was registered to Sherman.

Johnson said the State Patrol was granted a search warrant for a blood test for suspected impairment. Soon thereafter, he said, State Patrol troopers arrived at a nearby residence looking for Sherman, and they assisted Redmond police in making the arrest.

The initial 911 call came from a construction worker who witnessed Sherman’s vehicle leaving the scene, according to Mead.