Why was Richard Sherman arrested? NFL's free agent booked in Seattle, denied bail

NFL star for past 10 years, Richard Sherman, who was listed by ESPN as most likely 49ers player to make it to Hall of Fame, is sitting behind bars

                            Why was Richard Sherman arrested? NFL's free agent booked in Seattle, denied bail
Richard Sherman was arrested and booked in Seattle jail on July 14 for burglary domestic violence (Instagram)

NFL's star cornerback, Richard Sherman, was booked into the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle on July 14. At around 6 am he was taken to the facility in Seattle and according to public record, the athlete who is one of the best players of his generation was charged with burglary domestic violence. The 33-year-old has been denied bail and is sitting behind bars at the time of this writing.  

In recent news about athletes having a brush with the law, NFL's Atlanta Falcons linebacker Barkevious Mingo was arrested on charges of "indecency with a child" and "sexual contact" on Saturday, July 10, by the Arlington Police Department. He is facing charges of second-degree felony and his bond was set at $25,000 and was released a day after he was taken into custody. In June, a former NFL player and University of Wisconsin football star was arrested and charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl. Tom Burke, whose full name is Thomas Allen Burke was pressed with first-degree criminal sexual contact in St Louis County, Minnesota. Kansas City Chiefs defensive Frank Clark was arrested on June 20 for carrying illegal firearms. 


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Why was Richard Sherman arrested?

According to public records, Sherman has been charged with burglary domestic violence INV. The burglary domestic violence charge is a felony in Washington state, that is what 'INV' stands for - meaning it's being investigated as a felony. The charge can carry a lengthy sentence if convicted. In Washington, there are 2 degrees of burglary charges that can be involved in domestic violence, both crimes involve the illegal entering of a building. Sherman can be charged with burglary in the first degree if he entered a property unlawfully with the intention to commit a crime against a person or property while being armed with a deadly weapon. In this case, he could be sentenced to jail for life and will have to cough up $50,000 in fine. 

If Sherman is charged with burglary in the first degree, he could be sentenced to 10 years behind bars or/and a fine of $20,000. The details surrounding the arrest of the NFL's superstar free agent are yet not clear. In 2020, Sherman was listed by ESPN as the most likely San Franciso 49ers player - the team he played for last season - to make it to the Hall of Fame. He is one of the best players of his generation and is a 5x Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl champion, according to a TMZ report

"Sherman has a strong case as the best cornerback of the decade and was an essential piece of what was likely the best defense of the decade. I think his five-year peak with the Seahawks probably would have been enough to get him in, but earning a sixth Pro Bowl trip with the 49ers last season only helped his chances. One more Pro Bowl would probably do the trick," wrote Bill Barnwell of ESPN