NFL star Richard Sherman and wife Ashley were spotted holding hands on Friday as they appeared in court after he was charged with drunkenly trying to break into her parents’ home.
The 33-year-old was arraigned in Seattle on five charges of criminal trespass, domestic violence-related counts of malicious mischief, resisting arrest, DUI and endangering road workers.
The charges are all felonies, punishable by up to 90 days in prison, or gross felonies, punishable by up to one year.
His arraignment came just hours after he issued a statement saying he was “deeply sorry.”
“I’ve behaved in a way that I’m not proud of. I’ve faced some personal challenges in recent months, but that doesn’t excuse my actions,” he said.
“I am grateful to have such a wonderful wife, family and support system to lean on during this time.”
His wife Ashley, who called her husband’s 911 two days ago, grabbed his hand as they entered the courtroom for his charges.
NFL star Richard Sherman and wife Ashley were spotted holding hands on Friday as they appeared in court after he was charged with trying to break into her parents’ home while drunk.
His wife Ashley, who called her husband’s 911 two days ago, grabbed his hand as they entered the courtroom before he was charged.
Richard Sherman, an NFL star, was seen screaming on surveillance cameras outside his in-laws home in Seattle on Wednesday. He is now being charged with trying to break into the house after allegedly crashing his SUV in a construction zone
It came just two days after Sherman was arrested after allegedly crashing his car in a construction zone and then trying to break into his in-laws home in the Seattle suburb of Redmond.
Sherman was released on bail on Thursday. He was ordered not to have any contact with his father-in-law Raymond Moss and not to drink alcohol.
The ordeal unfolded Wednesday night when Sherman’s wife Ashley called 911 to report that her husband was drunk and combative and attempted to break into her parents’ home.
“I need agents to my house now,” Moss told the operator. “My husband is drunk and threatening to kill himself.”
Surveillance video shows him throwing his six-foot, over 200-pound body against the front door while yelling, “Come on, b***h.”
Sherman’s father-in-law told officers he armed himself with a handgun and fired pepper spray at the corner of the NFL to protect his family when Sherman tried to force his shoulder into the door of Moss’ house.
“The family started screaming in fear,” Raymond Moss told police.
“I used pepper spray on Sherman’s face through the partially opened door while he was still banging and trying to get in. I told him to stop. I armed myself with my pistol at the time for fear for the safety of myself and my family.’
Moss said Sherman partially broke the front door during the ordeal.
NFL star Richard Sherman has been charged after being caught on surveillance cameras trying to break into the home of his father-in-law Raymond Moss after an alleged hit-and-run
Sherman’s wife, Ashley Moss (right), called 911 to report that he was combative, had threatened suicide and drove after drinking two bottles of liquor
According to police reports, officers were cautious about arresting Sherman because of his size, strength and fighting spirit.
After trying to de-escalate the situation, they decided to use less lethal force after warning Sherman that they would if he didn’t follow their orders.
They couldn’t use a taser because they were worried about igniting the chemical Sherman’s father-in-law had sprayed him with, and they couldn’t fire a beanbag because they were too close to him.
Instead, they released a police dog, which bit his ankle and caused a small cut, while other officers struggled to the ground with him, the reports say.
Prior to the break-in attempt, police say Sherman crashed his car in a construction zone along a busy highway east of Seattle.
Workers said the driver entered the closed construction zone at 60 to 70 mph and drove off after being confronted, shooting sparks from a wheel and then exiting the disabled vehicle nearby.
In February, King County prosecutors and the sheriff received an “extreme risk protection order” for Sherman, banning him from having guns after a judge determined he was a danger to himself or others.
Details of the case were sealed and it was not immediately clear whether any weapons had been seized from him.
Moss told investigators that Sherman partially broke into the door of the family home (pictured above) by ramming it repeatedly with his shoulder. He also banged on the door repeatedly, yelling, “Come on, Ray!” in a hostile and menacing tone
Prior to the break-in attempt, police say Sherman crashed his car in a construction zone along a busy highway east of Seattle. His damaged car is pictured above
Police say he crashed his car in a construction zone while drunk before
Ashley Sherman told police her husband had been taking antidepressants and receiving psychological help.
His arrest is his first known involvement in the criminal justice system.
During Thursday’s court hearing, Sherman’s attorney did not dispute that there was a possible reason for the arrest, but said Sherman should be released without bail.
He noted his good works in the community, including founding the Blanket Coverage Foundation, a charity that provides low-income students with school supplies and clothing.
“Richard Sherman is one of the best in our community,” Offenbecher said. ‘He is a good man and a good soul. He takes these allegations very seriously.’
Sherman became a sporting legend in Seattle with the Seahawks for seven seasons. The cornerback was a star in their lead-up to a Super Bowl win in 2014, making a game-saving move to fend off a pass in the NFC Championship Game against the 49ers.
He left the Seahawks after the 2017 season and played three seasons with San Francisco. He is now a free agent.