NFL’s Richard Sherman says he’s ‘remorseful’ but pleads not guilty to misdemeanor charges
NFL player Richard Sherman, who was arrested this week following a domestic dispute, pleaded not guilty to a handful of misdemeanor charges, but said in a statement that he was “deeply remorseful” for his actions.
Court documents filed in Washington state’s King County said that the former Seattle Seahawks player has been charged with second-degree criminal trespass, resisting arrest and third-degree malicious mischief, as well as driving under the influence and reckless endangerment of roadway workers.
Sherman appeared in Seattle court for his arraignment Friday along with his wife, Ashley Moss. His pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 13, according to ESPN.
The football star has pleaded not guilty to each of the five charges, with some carrying a possible punishment of up to 90 days in jail and others punishable for a maximum sentence of one year.
The charges resulted from an early Wednesday incident in which officers responded to a 911 call of a reported male family member trying to forcibly enter a home.
Sherman was arrested and booked into jail after he crashed his car into a construction barrier and attempted to break into his father-in-law’s home, police said.
His in-law, Raymond Moss, told police that he had armed himself with a handgun and fired pepper spray at Sherman out of fear as the football player, who is currently a free agent, allegedly repeatedly used his shoulder to ram down the front door.
“I used pepper spray on Sherman’s face through the partially opened door as he was still banging and attempting to gain entry,” Moss explained, adding that Sherman had a hostile and threatening tone in his voice.
“I told him to stop,” Moss added. “I armed myself with my handgun at this time fearing for the safety of myself and my family.”
Despite pleading not guilty to all of the charges, Sherman said in a statement shared on Twitter Friday afternoon that he was “deeply remorseful for my actions.”
“I behaved in a manner I am not proud of,” he continued. “I have been dealing with some personal challenges over the last several months, but that is not an excuse for how I acted.
“The importance of mental and emotional health is extremely real and I vow to get the help I need,” Sherman added. “I appreciate all of the people who have reached out in support of me and my family, including our community here in Seattle.
“I am grateful to have such an amazing wife, family and support system to lean on during this time,” he said.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) July 16, 2021
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