Free agent cornerback Richard Sherman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of “domestic violence” and charges of resisting the arrest and malicious mischief, the Washington State Patrol told USA TODAY Sports.
Sherman was jailed at 6:08 am, and bail was not to be set before his appearance. The case is being investigated as a criminal offense.
Redmond police said in a statement Wednesday that officers were responding to a report of an ongoing break-in and that Sherman was “attempting to force the home of a family member.” Sherman tried to leave when notified that he would be arrested and then “physically resisted” when officers made contact, police said, and a K9 team was deployed outside the home during the encounter.
Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe said Sherman “put up a physical resistance” and sustained a lower leg injury from the police dog used in his arrest.
Lowe said the portion of the domestic violence case came from the home of Sherman’s in-laws.
The Washington State Patrol is also investigating Sherman as part of a separate incident in which he allegedly encountered a cement barrier prior to arriving at the residence, police said in the statement. Soldiers were given a warrant for a blood draw after seeing signs of possible impairment, police told USA TODAY Sports.
Sherman’s wife, Ashley Moss, said the Seattle Times that her husband didn’t hurt anyone in the incident.
“At this point, we will not make any statements other than that it did not harm anyone,” said Moss. “My children were not harmed in the incident. He’s a good person and that’s not his character. We’re fine, we’re just trying to get him out. I want people to know that nobody was hurt. “
Sherman, 33, has spent the last three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.
He spent the first seven seasons of his NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks and became one of the league’s most feared cornerbacks.
He helped the Seahawks win Super Bowl 48 and was named first-team all-pro for three consecutive years (2012-14).
Sherman played in just five games last season, with 18 tackles, one interception, and one pass defended.
Sherman has served on the Executive Committee of the NFL Players Association since 2016.
“We were made aware of the arrest of one of our player guides last night for an alleged domestic violence incident and have activated our domestic violence crisis log to protect and support everyone involved,” the NFLPA said on Wednesday in a statement it will continue to monitor events closely as soon as more facts are made available to us. ”