The free-agent N.F.L. cornerback Richard Sherman pleaded not responsible to 5 misdemeanors in a quick look in King County (Wash.) District Court on Friday. Sherman was arrested early Wednesday morning after, the police mentioned, he drunkenly crashed his automobile in a building zone and tried to break by the door to the house of his in-laws in Redmond, Wash., a suburb east of Seattle.
Prosecutors charged Sherman with driving underneath the affect, reckless endangerment, malicious mischief, prison trespass and resisting arrest. The first three are gross misdemeanors, which may deliver punishments of up to 364 days in jail, whereas the final two are misdemeanors, which may lead to up to 90 days in jail.
Across three hours on Tuesday night time and Wednesday morning, Sherman argued together with his spouse, drank a number of bottles of alcohol, threatened to kill himself, drove whereas drunk to his in-laws’ home and tried to break down the door searching for his kids, in accordance to police statements and 9-1-1 calls. Multiple cops and a police canine finally subdued him, and the police arrested Sherman a bit after 2 a.m. Wednesday.
“I am deeply remorseful for my actions on Tuesday night,” Sherman, 33, said in a statement Friday. He added that he has been “dealing with some personal challenges over the last several months, but that is not an excuse for how I acted.”
According to the NFL Network, friends of Sherman’s have been aware of his struggles and have visited him during the off-season. In a 9-1-1 call Tuesday evening, Sherman’s wife, Ashley, told the dispatcher that he had sent text messages to multiple friends saying he would kill himself.
In February, according to court records, the King County Sheriff’s Office obtained an “extreme risk protection order” against Sherman, which prohibited him from possessing firearms. The petition is sealed, so it is not clear what prompted it. A court commissioner, when sealing the protection order, wrote that Sherman’s mental health was “currently in crisis,” according to The Seattle Times.
In a hearing on Thursday, prosecutors asked for Sherman’s bail to be set at $10,000, but Judge Fa’amomoi Masaniai released Sherman on a promise to return for future court hearings, noting that he was a first-time offender.
After Sherman pleaded not guilty Friday, Judge Lisa Paglisotti ordered that he not consume any alcohol or drugs that were not prescribed for him, and that he not have “harmful or offensive” contact with Raymond Moss, his father-in-law.
According to a statement Moss gave to the police, he retrieved his gun and sprayed pepper spray at Sherman as his son-in-law was trying to break down the door.
Sherman, a 10-year N.F.L. veteran, played his first seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and kept a home in Maple Valley, Wash., even after he joined the San Francisco 49ers in 2018. He spent much of past season on the injured reserve list.
He became a free agent at the end of the 2020 season.