On July 15th, Richard Sherman was arrested in connection with an incident at the home of his wife’s parents in Redmond, Washington. He was charged with five misdemeanors, including two counts of domestic violence — criminal trespass in the second degree and malicious mischief in the third degree — as well as resisting arrest, driving while under the influence and reckless endangerment of roadway workers.
He pleaded not guilty to all five charges and is receiving counseling. He said in a statement on Twitter in July that he was “deeply remorseful” for his actions and “behaved in a manner I’m not proud of.”
Earlier this week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially signed the All-Pro cornerback.
Naturally, his arrest was asked about from reporters and Sherman did not shy away from answering questions.
“It led to some really positive changes – some help, some therapies, some tools that I didn’t have before — to address some things that you kind of let stack up in your mind,” Sherman said. “You never have time to address them. It’s not the right moment. It’s not the right place in your life to deal with these emotions and feelings.
“It really forced me to step back and go ask for help and get the help I need and to not be afraid, to be proud to ask. And in that, it’s been remarkable how many other people have said they had the same issue. Because you always feel like you’re alone. You always feel like you’re the only one dealing with this.”
The five time all-pro cornerback was all smiles as he made the announcement on YouTube Wednesday. In that video, Sherman said he has been “talking to counselors and getting some help. Getting on some medication that I needed. You know, that’s helped tremendously as well.”
“Having a supportive family, a supportive wife, … it took a lot. It took a village,” he said.