After former All-Pro Richard Sherman was arrested on Wednesday, July 14, on a burglary domestic violence charge, the audio from his wife Ashley Moss' 911 call was leaked by KIRO radio station.
"He’s trying to leave now. He’s being aggressive. He’s wrestling with my uncle," Moss said on the call. "He’s threatening to kill himself. He’s sent text messages to people saying he’s going to hang himself… This is like a f**king emergency, I need officers here now."
She said that her husband had no weapons and asked that police do not shoot him when they arrive. "He’s said that if the police show up, he’ll try to fight them," she said.
During the call, Moss reportedly also said that Sherman had drank two bottles of hard liquor and was trying to drive away but she had shut off the gate.
At around 2 a.m., the 33-year-old reportedly tried to break into his in-laws' home, according to Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe. Officers tried to defuse the situation with one offer trying to relate to Sherman by saying that he had once parked the football pro's car while he was a valet when he was a teenager.
According to Lowe, it had been working but then Sherman fought back when they told him he was under arrest. The officers then deployed the K-9 team, and Sherman was taken to a hospital before he was booked. He is said to have suffered a lower leg laceration from the police dog.
At the hospital, a warrant was obtained for a blood test to determine if Sherman was intoxicated. The results are said to be pending.
Sherman was reportedly denied bail. However, a Redmond Police Department spokesperson told ESPN that it is standard procedure before domestic violence suspects can appear before a judge.
"At this time we’re going to make no statements, except he didn’t harm anybody," Moss said in a statement to The Seattle Times. "My kids were not harmed in the incident. He’s a good person and this is not his character. We’re doing alright, just trying to get him out. I want people to know no one was injured."
Sherman is also under investigation by the Washington State Patrol for another incident because he allegedly struck a cement barrier before arriving at the family member's residence, USA Today noted. Lowe said that a 911 call was received at approximately 1:26 a.m. about a driver who was potentially impaired.
According to ESPN, Sherman's hearing is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 15, when the judge will determine if there was probable cause for an arrest and also set bail.
In light of the incident, the NFL said that it "investigates any incident involving law enforcement and if there is a violation of the personal conduct policy the player would be facing discipline."
Sherman is also vice-president of the NFL Players Association's executive committee, which said it had been "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."