Richard Sherman releases statement following arrest: 'I vow to get the help I need'

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Free agent cornerback Richard Sherman released a statement on Instagram Friday, expressing remorse for the actions that led to his Wednesday morning arrest for several misdemeanors, including criminal trespass with a domestic violence designation and DUI.

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I am deeply remorseful for my actions on Tuesday night. I behaved in a manner that I am not proud of. I have been dealing with some personal challenges of 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. I appreciate all of the people who have reached out in support of me and my family, including our community here in Seattle. I'm grateful to have such an amazing wife, family and support system to lean on during this time. 

Audio, video has emerged of events leading to Sherman's arrest

Since Sherman's arrest on Wednesday, information has come out that's helped paint a picture of what Sherman, his wife Ashley, and her family went through leading up to the police's involvement. 

A woman who identified herself as Sherman's wife made a 911 call that night, which was obtained by ESPN and ABC News. During the call, the woman says Sherman was "drunk and belligerent," "being aggressive," and "threatening to kill himself." During the call, she asks the dispatcher to promise that police won't shoot, because Sherman would likely try to fight them if they tried to arrest him. The dispatcher told her that there were no weapons. The woman later called back to alert authorities that Sherman was possibly traveling to her parents' home.

In addition to the audio of the 911 call, a video of surveillance footage was obtained by KOMO News' Alfred Charles. It shows Sherman, outside his in-laws' home, swearing and demanding his father-in-law Raymond Moss come out of the house. When he doesn't appear, Sherman starts trying to break down the door while people inside the house can be heard screaming. Sherman eventually stumbles away after trying to break down the door a few more times. 

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 19: Richard Sherman #25 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Free agent cornerback Richard Sherman released a statement expressing remorse about the actions that led to his Wednesday arrest. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Sherman's arrest, aftermath

Sherman then had an altercation with local police who had come to the scene and were attempting to arrest him, and K-9 unit dogs had to get involved to apprehend him. He was taken to the hospital to check for injuries and then was booked and taken to jail. He was initially held without bail until he could go before a judge, which is standard procedure for domestic violence arrests. 

Sherman was originally arrested on suspicion of "burglary domestic violence," a felony, which was dropped at his hearing on Thursday. While he was charged with a domestic violence offense, no one was harmed during the incident, and Sherman's wife wasn't in her parents' house at the time. "Domestic violence" is used because of the familial relationship between Sherman and his in-laws. 

Washington State Police are also investigating a one-car hit-and-run involving a car that was registered in Sherman's name. 

Following his arrest, Sherman's wife released a short statement about her husband to the Seattle Times.

“At this time we’re going to make no statements, except he didn’t harm anybody,” Moss said. “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.”

Sherman appeared in court Friday, where he pleaded not guilty to all five charges against him. Those charges include "criminal trespass in the second degree with a domestic-violence element, reckless endangerment of roadway crews, driving under the influence, resisting arrest and malicious mischief with a domestic-violence element," according to Pro Football Talk.

Sherman, a 10-year NFL veteran who spent seven years with the Seattle Seahawks and three with the San Francisco 49ers, was released without bail at his hearing on Thursday.

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