NFL star Richard Sherman was branded a “pillar in the community” by a judge as he was released from jail on Thursday.

The athlete, who was pepper-sprayed by his father-in-law, was arrested in Washington on Wednesday after allegedly trying to break into the home of his wife’s parents.


A judge released the athlete from jail but said Sherman must stay away from his father-in-law and not possess any firearms, TMZ reports.

Sherman, who did not appear in court on Thursday, is not allowed to consume any alcohol and Sherman must appear in person at future court dates.

A King County judge said: “I see Mr Sherman is a pillar in this community. He’s a business owner. He’s a husband. He’s a father.

“I’m going to release Mr Sherman on his promise to return to court.”

The sportsman’s release comes after footage emerged of Sherman appearing to throw his body into his wife's parents' door.

The athlete's father-in-law Raymond Moss told cops that he armed himself with a gun and fired pepper spray as Sherman allegedly tried to knock down the door, NBCLA reports.

It is being reported that the cornerback drank two bottles of liquor before allegedly attempting to enter the Moss family home.

I see Mr Sherman is a pillar in this community."

Four adults were inside the property at the time but it’s unclear if any children were present.

Sherman didn’t make it into the home, Redmond Police chief Darrell Lowe said on Wednesday.

After the hearing, wife Ashley Moss said: "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 home with his family."

The former Seattle Seahawks star is also being investigated for a possible DUI and hit-and-run after a car was found abandoned in a parking lot.

It was found around half a mile from where the footballer was arrested.

'DEMEANOR CHANGED'

The registration was run and the vehicle came back to Sherman.

Police said Sherman was initially amiable with police when cops first arrived on the scene.

But, Lowe said Sherman's demeanor changed when the officers told him he was being placed under arrest.

The star reportedly attempted to run away from the officers and at one stage allegedly became embroiled in a physical altercation.

Officers deployed a K9 unit to get Sherman under control.

Sherman was taken to hospital after suffering a minor laceration to his lower leg as a result of the attack by the dog.

He was arrested on suspicion of "burglary domestic violence" but was not formally charged.

Sherman played seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks before joining the San Francisco 49ers in 2018.

He was part of the Seahawks' side that won Super Bowl XLVIII after Seattle defeated the Denver Broncos in 2013.

The team made it to the final against the New England Patriots in 2014.

Sherman has been named to the Pro Bowl team five times and is a three-time All-Pro selection.

The cornerback, who is currently a free agent, is the vice president of the NFL's Players Association.



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