Former Seahawks and Niners all-pro cornerback Richard Sherman was arrested for reported domestic violence, residential burglary, malicious mischief, and resisting arrest after allegedly becoming belligerent while intoxicated at a family member’s residence.
His wife made a 911 call where she said he was also allegedly threatening to kill himself. A police report also stated he threatened to fight police officers to the death as well.
Video of Richard Sherman trying to break down his father in law’s door is terrifying pic.twitter.com/x87cRersQq
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) July 16, 2021
You know what’s concerning about this whole fiasco is Sherman attended Stanford University, the brilliant school out in Palo Alto, CA, where former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, golfing GOAT Tiger Woods, and even retired NFL quarterback Andrew Luck attended.
Case in point, just being an athlete isn’t good enough at this school, as it takes some significant brains to be accepted and then thrive here.
And Richard Sherman did just that, as a student-athlete. So when the news broke that he went off like this, it makes you wonder a few things.
I’m not gonna RT the Richard Sherman 911 call tape, but the absurdly condescending 911 operator who kept interrupting Sherman’s wife and lecturing her about interrupting (!?) is as compelling an argument as any for why calls for mental health crises don’t need to go to the cops
— Jay Willis (@jaywillis) July 15, 2021
First, is this a cry for help from an all-time great whose career may be over? Or is it a sign of CTE, which is found in about 8 out of 10 players’ brains once retired or unsigned?
This situation is beyond sad, and even if some of these allegations are true, so what.
It, unfortunately, gives you an “eerie” feeling that something may be wrong with athletics.
Audio of Richard Sherman's wife calling 911: She says Richard is drunk & was threatening to kill/hang himself. He was also aggressive & physical.
Later in the call she said Sherman drank 2 bottles – one Vodka and one Hennessy.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) July 14, 2021
The media ran with the allegations but not once have they even considered this a form of CTE.
— The Shadow League (@ShadowLeague) November 16, 2017
We’re talking about a pretty sharp guy who can be a bit wordy while being a top-notch agitator on the field, but I don’t see him acting out like this unless something is wrong.
Richard Sherman’s wife, Ashley, just now:
“I love and support my husband. I am committed to helping Richard get the support and care that he needs.
Richard has always been a loving father and husband. And we are looking forward to seeing him at home with his family.”
— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) July 15, 2021
Following his release from jail on Thursday without bail, Niners GM John Lynch came out and said the franchise is here for “The Shermanator” and his family in any way they can be of assistance.
This one is still developing and still has many layers to unfold. But for now, for the sake of the Sherman family, all one can do is pray he gets the necessary help before it worsens.