NFL Star Richard Sherman Jailed on Burglary Domestic Violence Charge

NFL star cornerback Richard Sherman was arrested Wednesday on a charge of burglary domestic violence.

He was booked into the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle at 6:08 a.m. and denied bail, according to court records.

ESPN reported that a spokesman for the Redmond Police Department in Washington—the department leading the investigation—said it is standard procedure for suspects of domestic violence to be denied bail until they can appear before a judge.

The King County Correctional Facility records showed the incident is being investigated as a felony. Since the case is sealed, no additional details are available.

A Seattle Police Department spokesperson said Sherman was arrested by the Redmond Police Department, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The NFL Players Association issued a statement regarding the situation, though it did so without naming Sherman, who serves as a vice president on the organization's executive committee.

"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. We will continue to monitor events closely as more facts are made available to us," the statement read.

Legal analyst Amy Dash, who regularly covers sports cases, wrote on Twitter that a booking of burglary domestic violence for Sherman "doesn't necessarily mean he's being accused of putting his hands on someone." She said the arrest could also come from accusations of illegally entering and refusing to leave a house or business.

Dash added that the"possible charge is not the same as straight up domestic violence charges against a spouse but could be related."

To clarify, a booking of burglary domestic violence for NFL's Richard Sherman in Seattle doesn't necessarily mean he's being accused of putting his hands on someone, he may just be accused of illegally entering & refusing to leave a house or biz. See thread for more. 👇

— Amy Dash (@AmyDashTV) July 14, 2021

Sherman, 33, is currently a free agent. He was most recently a member of the the San Francisco 49ers, though only played five games for the team during the 2020 season due to a calf strain.

He achieved fame with the Seattle Seahawks from 2011 to 2017. As a member of the Seahawks' celebrated defense nicknamed the "Legion of Boom," Sherman reached two Super Bowls and won one in 2014 over the Denver Broncos. He again played in the Super Bowl with the 49ers in 2020 in a losing effort to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Sherman has been selected to five Pro Bowls and is a three-time first-team All-Pro in his 10 NFL seasons.

He lives in the Seattle area and has recently spoken of possibly rejoining the Seahawks. However, depending on the nature of the charges, Sherman could face a suspension from the NFL under the league's Personal Conduct Policy.

Updated 1:05 p.m. ET, to include additional information.

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NFL player Richard Sherman was arrested and denied bail on Wednesday. In this photo, Sherman is seen as a member of the San Francisco 49ers during player introductions prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium on November 24, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty