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Richard Sherman breaks silence, cites ‘personal challenges’ after arrest

Free-agent cornerback Richard Sherman is vowing to get help for his mental health issues following an attempted break-in of his in-laws’ home.

“I am deeply remorseful for my action on Tuesday night. I behaved in a manner I am not proud of. I have been dealing with some personal challenges over the last several months, but that is not an excuse for how I acted,” Sherman said in a statement that he posted on social media.

“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 am grateful to have such an amazing wife, family and support system to lean on during this time.”

The statement comes after the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed five criminal charges against Sherman, according to KOMO News.

The charges include driving under the influence, reckless endangerment of roadway workers, second-degree criminal trespass, resisting arrest and third-degree malicious mischief.

Richard Sherman with the 49ers in 2020.
Richard Sherman with the 49ers in 2020.
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The 33-year-old is also being investigated for a possible hit-and-run and DUI. According to TMZ Sports, he crashed into a barrier in a construction zone on a highway. He then drove away from the scene of the crime and abandoned his car in a parking lot.

The Super Bowl XLVIII champ was released from jail on Thursday following the incident. King County District Court Judge Fa’amomoi Masaniai called Sherman a “pillar of the community,” and released him due to it being his first arrest.

“His contributions to the community are innumerable,” Cooper Offenbecher, Sherman’s lawyer, said of the cornerback. “Richard Sherman is among the best in our community. We are proud to have him here, and he is a good person and a good soul.”

Sherman spent the previous three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Before that, he was with the Seattle Seahawks for seven. He has been on three First Team All-Pro teams in his ten-year career.


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