Five-time Pro Bowl San Francisco 49ers’ cornerback, Richard Sherman, threatened to kill himself, according to a 911 call. Sherman was arrested in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, Washington, early Wednesday on three charges, including felony domestic violence and residential burglary.
The audio from the 911 call made by Sherman’s wife, Ashley Moss, was made public by KIRO in Seattle. His wife explained on the call that Richard Sherman was drunk and was saying he would commit suicide. Moss said he become aggressive and physical with members of her family.
“He’s threatening to kill himself,” Ashley Moss said to the dispatcher. “He has sent text messages to people saying he’s going to hang himself… This is like a f— emergency, I need officers here now.”
Moss went onto say, “He’s trying to leave now. In the house, he was being aggressive. He was wrestling with my uncle… He has sent text messages to people saying he’s going to hang himself. He’s saying that if the police show up — please don’t shoot is what I’m asking.”
“He said if the police show up, he’ll try to fight them,” Ashley Moss added. She then told the 911 dispatcher that Sherman had consumed one bottle of vodka and one bottle of Hennessey and was concerned for everyone’s safety.
The incident took place around 2 a.m. when the NFL player tried to get into his in-laws’ home, according to Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe. Police officers tried to remedy the situation, authorities said. One state trooper talked to Sherman, Lowe said, but Sherman was resistant once the officers said he was under arrest.
The police officers summoned a K-9. According to the officers, Sherman was taken to the hospital to be examined. He was soon booked into the King County jail in Seattle. Richard Sherman, 33, was denied bail but a spokesperson with the Redmond Police Department told ESPN that that is typical if there are domestic violence suspicions.
The domestic violence allegation relates to the fight with his in-laws “not due to him physically assaulting a significant other,” according to Lowe. The fact that it was not a domestic violence charge related to his wife may mean the NFL will view it a bit differently.
Richard Sherman won a Super Bowl ring during his time with the Seahawks and played for three seasons with the 49ers, getting a spot on the NFL’s All-Decade Team and a place in the Hall of the Fame. He has expressed an interest in playing this year, and the Jets — who need of a cornerback – may be interested.
Sherman is also a member of the NFL Players Association’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,” read a statement issued by the NFLPA, which does not typically comment on player arrests. “We will continue to monitor events closely as more facts are made available to us.”