Richard Sherman’s Wednesday arrest in Seattle included a police K9 unit.
The five-time Pro Bowler was booked for “burglary domestic violence” in Redmond, Wash., where he was taken down by a police K9 unit after attempting to break into a family member’s home, according to a Redmond Police Department spokesperson, per TMZ. Sherman is also being investigated for a possible DUI and hit-and-run, according to multiple reports, after a car registered to Sherman was involved in a single-car crash involving a construction-zone barrier.
Redmond public information officer James Perry told NBC Sports Bay Area that no one was injured and that he did not believe Sherman made it into the house.
Sherman’s wife, Ashley Moss, confirmed that information to the Seattle Times.
“At this time we’re going to make no statements, except he didn’t harm anybody,” Moss told the paper. “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.”
Upon arrival to the scene, after receiving a 911 call from family inside the home, police told the website Sherman became uncooperative and combative during questioning.
Police brought in a K9 to help capture Sherman, who allegedly fought with officers on the scene.
“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.”
Sherman was later booked and denied bail. The 33-year-old has not yet been formally charged, according to ESPN, because he hasn’t appeared before a judge. That won’t happen until Thursday afternoon, and Sherman will remain in jail until then.
Washington State Patrol is also involved in the felony case, according to the Redmond P.D. spokesperson, who told TMZ that Sherman allegedly crashed his vehicle before he took off on foot for home.
Following news of his arrest, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on “SportsCenter” that the 49ers were “taken aback and surprised” over the arrest.
The NFLPA, for which Sherman is one of the vice presidents on the executive committee, released a statement shortly after his arrest.
“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,” the statement read. “We will continue to monitor events closely as more facts are made available to us.”
The free-agent cornerback spent the last three seasons with the 49ers, and missed the last 11 games last season due to a calf strain.
The legal news could put a big damper on Sherman’s hopes of being signed by a club for the coming season.
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